noun, often attributive
mel·​on | \ ˈme-lən How to pronounce melon (audio) \
plural melons

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 : 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
3a : a surplus of profits available for distribution to stockholders
b : a financial windfall

Examples of melon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Calabaza melocotón, an indigenous squash that tastes more like melon than most melons, for a delicate pudding sprinkled with cacao nibs. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2021 The cream blush is available in five buildable shades for all skin tones: Knickers, a peachy melon; Playground, a terra-cotta nude; Major, a neutral pink; Miniskirt, a berry rose; and Rollerskate, a bright coral pink. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Oct. 2021 Imagine overripe, waterlogged melon that’s still crisp but starting to turn. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 Maruichi Japanese Food & Deli in Brookline recently moved across Harvard Street and is now a full-fledged grocery store with everything from bitter melon to beef cuts for shabu-shabu., 19 Oct. 2021 Typically, the elders of a family soak the main ingredients—star fruit, hibiscus, and melon skins, for example—in rum and red wine for months before preparing the dessert. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 Eventually, a winter storm pushed the carcass up toward Jane's house, swaddling it in seaweed, so that its melon head poked out of the green-brown shroud. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Her desserts, from an early summer ring of peach and panna cotta over a nest of spun phyllo dough to a more recent medley of melon sorbets and granita, are consistent highlights. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 Heat waves cooked Washington’s sweet onions to mush; tomato and melon growers in California have struggled. Laura Reiley, Alyssa Fowers, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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“Melon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce melon (audio) \

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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