mel·​lif·​lu·​ous | \ me-ˈli-flə-wəs How to pronounce mellifluous (audio) , mə- \

Definition of mellifluous

1 : having a smooth rich flow a mellifluous voice
2 : filled with something (such as honey) that sweetens mellifluous confections

Other Words from mellifluous

mellifluously adverb
mellifluousness noun

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In Latin, mel means "honey" and fluere means "to flow." Those two linguistic components flow smoothly together in mellifluus (from Late Latin) and mellyfluous (from Middle English), the ancestors of mellifluous. The adjective these days typically applies to sound, as it has for centuries. In 1671, for example, poet John Milton wrote in Paradise Regained of the "Wisest of men; from whose mouth issu'd forth Mellifluous streams." But mellifluous can also be used of flavor, as when wine critics Eric Asimov and Florence Fabricant used it to describe pinot grigio in the 2014 book Wine With Food: "Most pinot grigios give many people exactly what they want: a mellifluous, easy-to-pronounce wine that can be ordered without fear of embarrassment and that is at the least cold, refreshing, and for the most part cheap."

Examples of mellifluous in a Sentence

a rich, mellifluous voice that gets her a lot of work in radio and TV commercials
Recent Examples on the Web The through line for these seemingly disparate selections is his buoyant and mellifluous voice, capable of roping any and all material into the realm of genuine romance. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Looney speaks in a mellifluous Texas drawl, wears bolo ties and cowboy boots and pilots his own plane to court hearings outside Houston. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Texan with a mellifluous voice honed as a radio announcer during his youth, Mr. Easley became a compelling presence in Washington’s corridors of power. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 Even the quad exhaust tips out back seem cut from the same metallic cloth, though the soundtrack blasted through the pipes is more mellifluous in tone than the G63's machine-gun rat-a-tat-tat. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 17 Feb. 2022 In Love and Death, is uncharacteristically romantic in imagery and impressively mellifluous in execution. Spin Staff, SPIN, 14 Feb. 2022 His countertenor voice and phrasing—both mellifluous and frayed around the edges—convey anguish and hope. Marc Myers, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2022 In the first of two TV spots, a young man in a winter coat and scarf does a mellifluous, conversational rap about appreciating Connecticut. Christopher Arnott,, 20 Dec. 2021 Why had all his predecessors failed to formulate such an exquisite, indeed mellifluous name for a place of spiritual quest? Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mellifluous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mellifluous

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

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“Mellifluous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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