mel·​on ˈme-lən How to pronounce melon (audio)
plural melons
often attributive
: any of various typically sweet gourds (such as a muskmelon or watermelon) usually eaten raw as fruits
: something rounded like a melon: such as
: a rounded organ in the front of the head of some cetaceans and all toothed whales that is composed of lipids and waxy material and is thought to be utilized in echolocation
: a person's head
A great afternoon at the park usually meant coming home with blisters on our hands, a bump or two on the melon and the obligatory skinned knee.Robb Moretti
: a surplus of profits available for distribution to stockholders
: a financial windfall

Examples of melon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make sure to inspect all sides of the melon for webs. Sherri Gordon, Health, 9 July 2024 This redirects the vine’s energy toward developing the existing melons. Lauren Landers, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2024 In terms of weight, choose melons that are heavy and dense for their size. Caroline Tien, SELF, 3 July 2024 In each demonstration, the mannequin, hand, melon and egg were burnt, exploded and dented due to their proximity to the fireworks. Lizzy Alspach, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for melon 

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin melon-, melo, short for Latin melopepon-, melopepo, from Greek mēlopepōn, from mēlon apple + pepōn, an edible gourd — more at pumpkin

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of melon was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Melon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


mel·​on ˈmel-ən How to pronounce melon (audio)
: any of various fruits (as a cantaloupe, honeydew melon, or watermelon) of the gourd family that have juicy and usually sweet flesh eaten raw and a firm rind

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