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UNDERTONE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does undertone mean? 

UNDERTONE (noun)
  The noun UNDERTONE has 3 senses:

1. a quiet or hushed tone of voice
2. a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
3. a pale or subdued color

  Familiarity information: UNDERTONE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNDERTONE (noun)


Sense 1undertone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quiet or hushed tone of voice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

spoke in undertones

Hypernyms ("undertone" is a kind of...):

tone; tone of voice (the quality of a person's voice)


Sense 2undertone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

undercurrent; undertone

Hypernyms ("undertone" is a kind of...):

meaning; substance (the idea that is intended)


Sense 3undertone [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pale or subdued color

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

tinge; undertone

Hypernyms ("undertone" is a kind of...):

shade; tincture; tint; tone (a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color)


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