[in-toh-ney-shuhn, -tuh-]
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.
the act or manner of intonating.
the manner of producing musical tones, specifically the relation in pitch of tones to their key or harmony.
something that is intoned or chanted.
the opening phrase in a Gregorian chant, usually sung by one or two voices.

1610–20; < Medieval Latin intonātiōn- (stem of intonātiō). See intonate, -ion

intonational, adjective Unabridged
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intonation (ˌɪntəʊˈneɪʃən)
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
 a.  the correct or accurate pitching of intervals
 b.  See also just intonation the capacity to play or sing in tune

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Example sentences
Read aloud with proper phrasing, inflection, and intonation.
The speaker's voice was agreeably deep, with a mystifying rough intonation at
  the edge.
And written words will never contain the vast subtleties of rhythm and
  intonation which are essential to any language.
He found, for example, that the listener's head and body movements tracked the
  intonation patters of the speaker's language.
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