Meaning of MONOTONE in English


I. ˈmänə+ˌ- noun

Etymology: mon- + tone


a. : a succession of syllables, words, or sentences in one unvaried key or pitch

speaking in an old man's monotone , just too loud for ordinary conversation — G.R.Clay

— compare polytone

b. : a sound resembling a monotone

the brook's monotone

a monotone of street noises filtered through


a. : a single unvaried musical tone

b. : recitation especially of liturgy in such a tone : intoning

c. : a person not able to properly produce or distinguish between musical intervals

3. : a monotonous reiteration or recurrence : tedious repetition

a monotone of flat fields watered by numerous creeks — American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

4. : uniformity of style usually characterized by a lack of brilliance especially in writing

an odd, unconvincing, and regrettably sketchy story, told in a monotone — Brendan Gill

5. : uniformity of color

the land itself is often a gray monotone — G.R.Stewart

II. adjective

Etymology: probably from French, from Greek monotonos — more at monotonous

1. : monotonous

the monotone sound of the sea

2. : having a uniform color

her monotone suit

3. : monotonic 3

III. verb

Etymology: monotone (I)

transitive verb

: to talk, recite, or chant in an unvaried tone : intone

ponderous professors had monotoned us through modern literature — Ellen Hanford

intransitive verb

: to recite or chant something in an unvaried tone

listened to the choir monotoning

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.