French translation of 'tone'
1. (= quality of sound) son m
the clear tone of the bell le son clair de la cloche
in low tones à voix basse
2. [of voice] ton m
I didn’t like his tone of voice. Je n’ai pas aimé le ton de sa voix.
3. (= mood) [of letter, speech] ton m
The tone of the letter was very friendly. Le ton de la lettre était très amical.
4. (= shade) [of colour] ton m
You need a blue that’s slightly deeper in tone. Il vous faudrait un bleu d’un ton légèrement plus profond.
The room was painted in tones of pink. La pièce était peinte en camaïeu rose.
(on phone line) tonalité f
(on answering machine) bip m sonore
Please leave your message after the tone. Laissez votre message après le bip sonore.
the dialling tone la tonalité
the engaged tone la tonalité occupé ⧫ la tonalité occupée
to lower the tone of sth déparer qch
(= go well) s’harmoniser
to tone with sth s’harmoniser à qch
[muscles, arms, legs] tonifier
This exercise tones the inner thighs. Cet exercice tonifie l’intérieur des cuisses.
Phrasal verbstone down, tone up
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Example Sentences Including 'tone'
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This is a book with a very distinctive style and tone.The Times Literary Supplement (2014)
My legs were soon toned again as were my back and stomach muscles.No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)
It almost set the tone for the rest of the record.The Sun (2017)
Please leave a message after the high moral tone.The Sun (2009)
She also went from a size 20 to a toned size ten.The Sun (2013)
That was helpful in terms of the tone of the piece.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The tone and texture of notes were sculpted into unfathomable shapes in the blink of an eye.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The tone is pitched at high hysteria throughout.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The workout programme is designed to improve muscle strength and tone around your middle.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
The young tone of voice is recognisable and appealing.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Their tone in rehearsal sounds sharp with familiarity.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
This loss also affects vocal range, tone quality and stability.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Two matching sofas and two chairs upholstered in a different but toning colour works much better.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
We could listen to his husky tones all day.The Sun (2016)
Who it's good for Anyone who wants to tone up and improve balance and core stability.The Sun (2017)
Work out at home with simple weights or bands to build and tone your muscle.The Sun (2016)
He spoke in a low clear tone that seemed to thrill her with a sort of alarm.The Daisy Chain (1837)
Do make the tone of the speech humble.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The tone had changed from fury to anguish.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They really catch on to the tone of my voice.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
This set the tone for the rest of my stay.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
But those who only did toning and stretching exercises did not improve.The Sun (2010)
Its high moral tone means it must be above criticism.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
She said:'My body has definitely toned up.The Sun (2016)
Some variation in tone would have given the track more gravity.The Sun (2014)
The message set the tone for the day.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The tone is similar to previous pieces said to have been written by him.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
They're great for all hair colours and skin tones.The Sun (2016)
What is most striking about the letter is its tone of apology.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
You can enjoy all your favourite foods while working on that toned bikini body.The Sun (2015)
Yet while the tone may be conciliatory, the message is firm.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Those who clearly speak in controlled tones also raise a question as to why.Christianity Today (2000)
This change of tone quality can only happen from within.Music and the Elemental Psyche: A Practical Guide to Music and Changing Consciousness (1987)
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'tone' in Other Languages
British English: tone NOUN
The tone of a sound is its particular quality.
We could hear him speaking in low tones to her.
Translation of tone from the Collins English to French Dictionary