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intonation

[in-toh-ney-shuh n, -tuh-] /ˌɪn toʊˈneɪ ʃən, -tə-/
noun
1.
the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, especially the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures.
2.
the act or manner of intonating.
3.
the manner of producing musical tones, specifically the relation in pitch of tones to their key or harmony.
4.
something that is intoned or chanted.
5.
the opening phrase in a Gregorian chant, usually sung by one or two voices.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Medieval Latin intonātiōn- (stem of intonātiō). See intonate, -ion
Related forms
intonational, adjective
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intonation

/ˌɪntəʊˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
the sound pattern of phrases and sentences produced by pitch variation in the voice
2.
the act or manner of intoning
3.
an intoned, chanted, or monotonous utterance; incantation
4.
(music) the opening of a piece of plainsong, sung by a soloist
5.
(music)
  1. the correct or accurate pitching of intervals
  2. the capacity to play or sing in tune See also just intonation
Derived Forms
intonational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for into-national

intonation

n.

1610s, "opening phrase of a melody," from French intonation, from Medieval Latin intonationem (nominative intonatio), from past participle stem of intonare (see intone). Meaning "modulation of the voice in speaking" is from 1791.

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