What does intonation mean?

Definitions for intonationˌɪn toʊˈneɪ ʃən, -tə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intonation, modulation, pitch contour(noun)

    rise and fall of the voice pitch

  2. intonation(noun)

    singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong

  3. intonation, chanting(noun)

    the act of singing in a monotonous tone

  4. intonation(noun)

    the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations


  1. Intonation(n.)

    The manner of speaking, especially the placement of emphasis, the cadence, and the rise and fall of the pitch of the voice while speaking.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. intonation. See Intone.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intonation(noun)

    a thundering; thunder

  2. Intonation(noun)

    the act of sounding the tones of the musical scale

  3. Intonation(noun)

    singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false

  4. Intonation(noun)

    reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating, or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest. See Intone, v. t

  5. Origin: [See 1st Intonate.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intonation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intonation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bill Kretzschmar:

    The speaker may have English as a second language because the intonation is not quite fluent in the way you would expect of a native U.S. speaker or native Canadian, but the speaker may have spent a long time in North America, because the speech is really too fluent just to have been learned abroad.

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