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Dictionary Definition

undertone

Noun

1 a quiet or hushed tone of voice; "spoke in undertones"
2 subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning [syn: undercurrent]
3 a pale or subdued color [syn: tinge]

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English

Noun

  1. an auditory tone of low pitch or volume
  2. an implied meaning; an undercurrent
  3. a pale colour, or one seen underneath another colour

Extensive Definition

Undertone can mean:
  • An underlying or implied tendency or meaning; an undercurrent
  • An element of an undertone series; a pitch whose frequency is an integral fraction of another
  • The Irish rock band The Undertones

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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