noun, often attributive
mel·on | \ˈme-lən \

Definition of melon 

1 : any of various typically sweet gourds (such as a muskmelon or watermelon) usually eaten raw as fruits

2 : something rounded like a melon: such as

a : 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

b melons plural, slang : large breasts

3a : a surplus of profits available for distribution to stockholders

b : a financial windfall

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But they were well shucked, with briny Wellfleets and the cucumber-melon delicacy of Washington state Capitals to pair with my crisp glass of sauvignon blanc from Ateliers Raspail in the Loire’s Touraine. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Let talented East Bay bartenders perk up your palate with innovative drinks showcasing stone fruit, melons, berries, tomatoes, and other peak-season produce from the Jack London Square Farmers Market., "Party Under the Palms: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market," 10 July 2018 Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 The subtle sweetness and herbal notes shine, cluing you into the fact cucumbers are indeed a fruit—hell, a good one kinda tastes like a melon. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "A Definitive Ranking of Grocery Store Cucumbers," 9 Apr. 2018 To make preparation quick, cube the melon and freeze in a resealable bag with the berries. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blueberry Honeydew Agua Fresca is a refreshing, light drink without too much sugar," 11 July 2018 Consumers who have purchased cut melon from these locations should throw it away. Debra Goldschmidt, CNN, "FDA warns consumers in 10 more states not to eat cut melon due to salmonella," 14 June 2018 Use this guide to find a ripe melon every single time. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How to Pick the Perfect Melon," 3 June 2018 There's no feeling quite as good as cracking open a perfect melon. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pick a Perfect Melon Every Time," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of melon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for melon

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

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English Language Learners Definition of melon

: a large, round fruit that has a hard skin and sweet, juicy flesh


mel·on | \ˈme-lən \

Kids Definition of melon

: a usually large fruit (as a watermelon or cantaloupe) that grows on a vine and has juicy sweet flesh and a hard rind

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