Definition of tone color in English:

tone color


  • another term for timbre
    • ‘Her bursts of coloratura have the odd fraying edge, and her tone colour at its best is fabulously alluring.’
    • ‘He gave a wonderful variety of tone colour, as he had done throughout the opera and he made a profoundly moving figure.’
    • ‘It covers all the basic areas of general music, including rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, texture, form and tone color.’
    • ‘This means that its tone colour is - and this is only my opinion, mind - vaguely single-faceted and tepid, compared to the voice, or strings, or even the piano.’
    • ‘The softness of tone colour of the baroque oboe in comparison to the works it juxtaposes, underlines the daring stylistic parameters explored by the oboist on this ‘extremely personal undertaking’.’


tone color

/tōn ˈkələr/