undertone Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “undertone” in the English Dictionary

"undertone" in British English

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uk   /ˈʌn.də.təʊn/  us   /-dɚ.toʊn/

undertone noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

[C] a ​particular but not ​obviouscharacteristic that a ​piece of writing or ​speech, an ​event, or a ​situation has: I ​thought her ​speech had ​slightlysinister undertones. It was a ​comedyact with an undertone ofcruelty.

undertone noun (QUIET VOICE)

in an undertone in a very ​quietvoice: Freddie ​muttered something to me in an undertone.
(Definition of undertone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"undertone" in American English

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undertonenoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌtoʊn/

undertone noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

a ​quality of something that you ​realizeexistsalthough it is not ​expresseddirectly: His ​remarkscarried an undertone of ​anger.

undertone noun [C] (LOW VOICE)

a ​lowvoice: José ​muttered something to me in an undertone.
(Definition of undertone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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