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 This Thanksgiving, the winery's 2018 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay is a prime choice for food pairings, with aromas of cream, vanilla, tropical fruits, fresh melon, and hints of baking spice. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best wines for Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2020 Don’t let your squash, melons or cucumber plants sit idle very long without checking for melon or pickle worms feeding on the leaves, stems, flowers and fruits. Tom Maccubbin,, "Seedling citrus trees take time to fruit," 14 Nov. 2020 Its fruity, floral notes also open up possibilities for other dessert pairings, such as with orange, melon or dark berries. Popular Science, "There’s a science to food pairing, and you can learn it here," 22 Oct. 2020 This rosé is crisp and refreshing, with strawberry and melon flavors. Washington Post, "Truly exceptional wines deserve four stars, so we’re adding one to our rating system," 16 Oct. 2020 To assemble the salad: Halve and peel the melon, remove the seeds and slice into wedges., "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Salads & sides," 17 Sep. 2020 Next, blanch the melon and then drop it in an ice bath to prevent overcooking. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, "Umami, Salty, and Rich, Douchi Does It All," 19 Oct. 2020 One billion people work in agriculture, performing the same kind of labor as the melon pickers in Choluteca. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Heat Gap," 15 Oct. 2020 Bitter melon is by far the best vegetable to showcase this trick. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, "Umami, Salty, and Rich, Douchi Does It All," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Melon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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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