Definitions for overtoneˈoʊ vərˌtoʊn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an acoustical frequency that is higher than and simultaneous with the fundamental in a complex musical tone.
Category: Music and Dance
an additional, usu. implicit meaning or quality.
(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality
"overtones of despair"
overtone, partial, partial tone(noun)
a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
A tone whose frequency is an integer multiple of another; a harmonic
An implicit meaning, as opposed to a hidden meaning or undertone.
Origin: over + tone, from Oberton.