melon

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

Definition of melon

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

  2. 2 :  something rounded like a melon: as a :  the rounded organ in the front of the head of some cetaceans b plural slang :  large breasts

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

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century


MELON Defined for English Language Learners

melon

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

Definition of melon for English Language Learners

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


MELON Defined for Kids

melon

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noun mel·on \ˈme-lən\

Definition of melon for Students

  1. :  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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