melon

noun, often attributive mel·on \ ˈme-lən \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

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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


MELON Defined for English Language Learners

melon

noun

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

noun mel·on \ ˈme-lən \

Definition of melon for Students

: 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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