Meaning of OVERTONE in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: over (III) + tone, n.; translation of German oberton

1. : one of the constituent higher tones that, with the fundamental, comprise a musical tone : harmonic 1a

2. : the color of the light reflected (as by a paint or varnish film)

3. : a secondary or accompanying effect, quality, or meaning usually of subtle or elusive character : implication , suggestion

fairy tales with overtones … meant only for the sophisticated — John Lehmann

a delicate … fantasy with profoundly philosophical overtones — John Martin

an overtone , an aftertaste, a flavor that lingers in the mind — Rumer Godden

II. transitive verb

Etymology: over (I) + tone, v.

1. : to dominate or drown (a subordinate or discordant tone) with a stronger tone

2. : to color or produce color effects in by overshadowing the original tone

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