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the tone of a sound
  • How to Memorize
    • timbre - tone
  • Analysis

    The formal word ‘timbre' refers to the particular quality of a sound that makes it distinct from others. It is most commonly used in relation to that of a voice or musical instrument. This term is most likely to be encountered in written English as in conversation one would be more likely to use the less formal 'tone’.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymscadenceresonance, modulation,
  • Example(s)
    1. The radio DJ has a soothing, reassuring timbre to his voice. That’s why he’s so popular with the audience.

    2. When Clare gave Sam the bad news, there was a sad timbre to her voice. She was clearly very upset.

    3. The timbre of that instrument is like nothing I have ever heard before. That's why I simply had to buy it.