Word of the Day

Saturday, April 16, 2011

undertone

\UHN-der-tohn\ , noun;
1.
A color modified by an underlying color.
2.
A low or subdued tone of speaking.
3.
An unobtrusive or background sound.
4.
An underlying quality or element; undercurrent.
Quotes:
There are certain light reds which show an extraordinary brightness and beautiful undertone on cream or "natural white" enameled papers, while on paper slightly toned with blue the beautiful effect is gone.
-- Emory Cobb Andrews, Color and its application to printing
One of the most common mistakes women with ivory/ beige skin make is choosing a foundation with a pink undertone.
-- Robert Jones, Looking Younger: Makeovers That Make You Look as Young as You Feel
Origin:
Undertone is first used to describe in a visual sense around 1800.
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Previous
Words of the Day
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help