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mellifluous

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adjective mel·lif·lu·ous \me-ˈli-flə-wəs, mə-\

Simple Definition of mellifluous

  • : having a smooth, flowing sound

Full Definition of mellifluous

  1. 1 :  having a smooth rich flow <a mellifluous voice>

  2. 2 :  filled with something (as honey) that sweetens

mel·lif·lu·ous·ly adverb
mel·lif·lu·ous·ness noun

Examples of mellifluous

  1. <a rich, mellifluous voice that gets her a lot of work in radio and TV commercials>



Origin of mellifluous

Middle English mellyfluous, from Late Latin mellifluus, from Latin mell-, mel honey + fluere to flow; akin to Gothic milith honey, Greek melit-, meli


First Known Use: 15th century



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