Definition of two-tone in English:


(also two-toned)


  • 1Having two different shades or colours.

    ‘a two-tone jacket’
    • ‘And there was a man in it - almost halfway out of the window wearing a blue baseball cap, a two-tone blue hooded fleece, dark skin, startled eyes and my DVD player under his arm.’
    • ‘The ambience inside is standard Avensis, very straightforward, but the two-tone interior trim of this particular version is very refreshing from the more normal all-dark.’
    • ‘Both were extolling the merits of the scooter - its pocket-friendly price, two-tone colour combination, and of course, a mobile-phone charger.’
    • ‘But for the USB connector, the Fuse's body is nicely symmetrical, and pleasantly styled in a two-tone white-on-black colour scheme.’
    • ‘The variance is nearly unbelievable; short or tall varieties, small or large flowers, two-tone flower colours, and they are single- or double-petalled.’
    • ‘In work clothes, there are two-tone colours with the fabrics being soft, wrinkle-free and flexible.’
    • ‘Some are flavoured, scented and others are two-tone, mixing two colours to create a lovely glossy sheen.’
    • ‘The retired 68-year-old from Farmington, dressed in two-tone golf shoes and a polo shirt, enthusiastically voices his support for Daly's candidacy.’
    • ‘One man was described as white, around 30, 6ft tall, of slim build with brown hair and wearing a two-tone fleece jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.’
    • ‘Plant two different vines on one tepee for a two-tone treatment.’
    • ‘There are many colours to choose from; pale shades to the most vibrant, in single or two-tone coloured blooms and blossoms are single or semi-double petalled.’
    • ‘Here the big questions are whether it's time to lie on your stomach for a change so that you don't finish up as a two-tone person - brown chest, white back - or time to walk the punishing 100 yards or so to that café for another cold drink.’
    • ‘Net-covered bustiers, two-tone dresses, huge zips on the outside of garments - these are clothes for rarefied tastes and far removed from anything to do with the mass-market high street.’
    • ‘However, I have saved my tacky-souvenir money for a college scarf: the black and white of Trinity Hall on one side, the two-tone blue of Cambridge on the other, appropriate embroidered crests on each side.’
    • ‘He was wearing a two-tone baseball cap, a blue-hooded tracksuit top with three yellow stripes down the sleeve, a light-coloured t-shirt underneath and jeans.’
    • ‘Bright, trendy colours like ice-blue, white, orange, champagne and plum alternate on the acetates with varnish, crystal and pearly effects, at times combined with two-tone plastic.’
    • ‘The new car will be easily recognisable as the sport version, coated in a unique two-tone paint finish, combining a black roof, pillars and mirror housings with the option of blue, red, or silver for the remainder of the body.’
    • ‘Witnesses told police they saw a large white man in a dark-coloured, two-tone Ford F - 150 extended cab pickup the night two of the killings occurred.’
    • ‘Local people have been complaining for the last two or three months about the presence of the two-tone brown camper van that often parks along the road, sometimes in front of old people's almshouses.’
    • ‘Light blue shirt on Sunday morning; two-tone, open-necked blue job on Sunday evening; and stripy, surfer-style blue sweatshirt for a Monday night barbecue.’
  • 2Emitting or consisting of two different sounds, typically alternately and at intervals.

    ‘a two-tone horn’
    • ‘Interest in the Specials has burgeoned lately with the use of the two-tone legends' ska sounds in advertisements.’
    • ‘The police officer followed him activating his vehicles blue flashing lights and two-tone horn.’
    • ‘Also this morning, I discovered another reason not to lament that I shall never hear that two-tone cry of ‘Da-ad!’’
    • ‘Known officially as the Piercer it repeats 650 times per minute compared with 55 times for the traditional two-tone siren.’