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  1. If someone speaks in a monotone, their voice does not vary at all in tone or loudness and so it is not interesting to listen to. The evidence was read out to the court in a dull monotone. 2. adjective [usually ADJECTIVE noun] A monotone sound or surface does not have any variation in its tone or colour.
  2. monotone definition: The definition of monotone is something flat or unchanging in pitch, or something that is all one color. (adjective) A tone of voice that never changes or goes up and down is an example of a voice that would be described as monoto.
  3. monotone Monotone is a droning, unchanging tone. Nothing can put you to sleep quite as effectively as a teacher talking in a monotone. The Greek word for "one tone" is monotonia, which is the root for both monotone and the closely-related word monotonous, which means "dull and tedious.".
  4. Monotonous definition, lacking in variety; tediously unvarying: the monotonous flat scenery. See more.
  5. monotone (n.) "unvarying tone in music or speaking, utterance at one unvaried pitch," s; see monotony. OED says use of the word as a noun is peculiar to English. Monotone is a natural device for increasing the sonority of the voice, so that it may readily fill a large space, and is also thought by some to have a peculiar solemnity of effect.
  6. ‘Its normally monotone voice sounded distant and weak.’ ‘A loud bell sounded and then a monotone voice announced there was an assembly in the theater.’ ‘His voice was monotone and his expression blank.’ ‘‘I now pronounce you husband and wife,’ the minister droned in a monotone voice.’.
  7. 1. an unchanging intonation 2. a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts) Familiarity information: MONOTONE used as a noun is rare.

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