Definition of tone-on-tone in English:



  • (of a fabric or design) dyed with or using different shades of the same color.

    ‘‘Mercerized cotton damasks are the hardest for us to capture accurately,’ adds the photographer, noting that shiny fabrics, subtle textures, and tone-on-tone designs require some photographic tricks.’
    • ‘Tweedy or heathery tone-on-tone designs would fit in here.’
    • ‘In addition to the textured designs, manufacturers are also reporting strong interest in tone-on-tone looks, where different shades of a color have been incorporated into a pattern.’
    • ‘In a hue slightly darker than the fabric, stamp a design to create a tone-on-tone background that looks like a commercially printed fabric.’
    • ‘Once again, contrast piping or tone-on-tone jacquard prints are a great way to break up the monotony of solids.’
    • ‘Consider a stitch sampler, using various threads and stitches, or a tone-on-tone patch.’
    • ‘Remaining optimistic, the brothers are focused on their fall line that will feature tone-on-tone colors, matching shirts and suits, and striped ties.’
    • ‘Monochromatic microprints replace last year's geometric and graffiti prints, the tone-on-tone effects playing with details like layering and draping, as well as offbeat fabric mixes.’
    • ‘With solids, tone-on-tone is the preferred option.’
    • ‘Shadow definition is pretty good, and tone-on-tone areas like jacket lapels show up much more clearly here than in some other releases.’
    • ‘If you don't want to go beyond white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster, almond or biscuit.’
    • ‘Many solid-colored ties also feature tone-on-tone prints in the background.’
    • ‘The line featured several uses of the very popular tone-on-tone look, where the shirt and tie are the same color.’
    • ‘There is a new subtlety to beading and embellishment, with tone-on-tone work dominating.’



/ˌtōnônˈtōn/ /ˌtoʊnɔnˈtoʊn/ /ˌtōnänˈtōn/ /ˌtoʊnɑnˈtoʊn/