mellifluous

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

Definition of mellifluous

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

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

mellifluously

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mellifluousness

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Examples of mellifluous in a Sentence

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

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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, 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 critic Eric Asimov used it to describe pinot grigio in the 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."

Origin and Etymology of mellifluous

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


First Known Use: 15th century


MELLIFLUOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mellifluous for English Language Learners

  • : having a smooth, flowing sound



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