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verb (1)

melded; melding; melds

transitive verb

: to declare or announce (a card or combination of cards) for a score in a card game especially by placing face up on the table

intransitive verb

: to declare a card or combination of cards as a meld


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noun (1)

: a card or combination of cards that is or can be melded in a card game


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verb (2)

melded; melding; melds
: merge, blend
Cook the sauce slowly to let the flavors meld.


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noun (2)

: blend, mixture
a meld of Christian and Jewish customs

Did you know?

As a verb used when things are blending or being blended together, meld dates only to the first half of the 20th century. In its early days, the word attracted some unfavorable attention. Those who didn't like it tended to perceive it as a misuse of an older meld meaning "to declare or announce (a card or cards) for a score in a card game" (such as pinochle or gin rummy). But the more recent meld, a blend of melt and weld, was an entirely new coinage suggesting a smooth and thorough blending of two or more things into a single, homogeneous whole. The word is no longer controversial.

Examples of meld in a Sentence

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President Joe Biden and other global leaders have spent the past few days melding minds with Silicon Valley titans in San Francisco, their discussions frequently focusing on artificial intelligence, a technology expected to reshape the world, for better or worse. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 The base is made with navy beans, which don't have a lot of flavor on their own, but meld with the eggs, sugar, and warm spices to form a confection so delicious, no one will believe it was made with beans. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 2 Nov. 2023 Tart McIntosh apples meld with sweet Bosc pears in this all-purpose condiment. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 While many of the best escape rooms have elaborate sets and an underlying plot to get the events into motion, melding story with game-like quests remains a challenge. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Would Nexstar move to meld the two and supercharge its cable news operation with the more robust resources of ABC News? Oliver Darcy, CNN, 14 Sep. 2023 Her rococo cakes meld orderly, ornate piping with ebulliently messy bunches of exotic fruits and colorful foliage. Martha Cheng Sharon Radisch, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 But the birds are references to the proverbial canary in the coal mine, a harbinger of danger, and the clouds meld formations the artist saw over New Mexico with the ominous one her father glimpsed above Nagasaki in August 1945. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Finish baking: Then, bake it until the two distinct layers have melded into one sheet of decadent pecan pie brownies. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023
On her latest, Spanish guitar flourishes, a cinematic Western vibe and Faith’s unique, sultry twang meld to convey this tale of a young woman who falls for a headstrong, restless cowboy. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 31 July 2023 Kaan kaan wu, with its motley of melds, is where these two tiles from different suits can be used in a clean-sweeping hand. Rudy Lee, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 The buttery flakes from the croissant meld with the cheddar cheese, dissolving to reveal equally tender beef. Ximena N. Beltran Quan Kiu, Bon Appétit, 16 June 2023 This fragrance queues in on vanilla, saffron, almond, and suede leather meld in the air. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Together, they’re meant to prompt audience reflection and interaction, to turn the museum into a social space, a meld of public forum, classroom and therapy session. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Viewers who speak multiple languages may be familiar with the meld; a similar cultural phenomenon exists with the concept of Spanglish, for instance. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 In some ways, the struggle is more complicated, as long-term physical consequences of what her body endured on 9/11 meld with the effects of aging or other health issues. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 What is a meld in Mahjong? Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Verb (1)

German melden to announce, from Old High German meldōn; akin to Old English meldian to announce, Lithuanian malda prayer

Noun (1)

derivative of meld entry 1

Verb (2)

blend of melt and weld

Noun (2)

derivative of meld entry 3

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1887, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

1887, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meld was in 1887


Dictionary Entries Near meld

Cite this Entry

“Meld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: merge sense 1, blend
the vocals meld perfectly with the instrumental accompaniment


2 of 2 noun
: blend entry 2 sense 1, mixture
a meld of new and old ideas

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