subtone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sub- +‎ tone

Noun[edit]

subtone (plural subtones)

  1. A secondary or lesser tone (in sound or colour).
    • 2007 July 20, Ben Ratliff, “Sounds to Quiet a Crowd While Recalling Faded Times”, New York Times:
      It had a slight rasp, soft subtones in the low notes and even control through the registers; he scattered stylized shakes of vibrato all through his playing.