Music. an acoustical frequency that is higher in frequency than the fundamental.
an additional, usually subsidiary and implicit meaning or quality: an aesthetic theory with definite political overtones.

1865–70; translation of German Oberton. See over-, tone

2. insinuation, suggestion, intimation, hint.
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overtone (ˈəʊvəˌtəʊn)
1.  (often plural) additional meaning or nuance: overtones of despair
2.  music, acoustics harmonic See also partial any of the tones, with the exception of the fundamental, that constitute a musical sound and contribute to its quality, each having a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency

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1867, in literal sense, from over + tone; a loan-translation of Ger. Oberton, first used by Ger. physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (1821-94) as a contraction of Overpartialton "upper partial tone." Fig. sense of "subtle implication" is from 1890, first attested in writings of William James.
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overtone   (ō'vər-tōn')  Pronunciation Key 
See under harmonic.
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Example sentences
They play so skillfully with the overtones of criticism because they know the
  fundamental tones so well.
Rice and oat milks usually have a faint, natural sweetness with subtle
  overtones of the source grain.
Too bad if it has religious overtones further and more important.
They can play overtones, for example, and may well have done so.
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