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verb (1)

melded; melding; melds

transitive verb

: to declare or announce (a card or combination of cards) for a score in a card game especially by placing face up on the table

intransitive verb

: to declare a card or combination of cards as a meld


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noun (1)

: a card or combination of cards that is or can be melded in a card game


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verb (2)

melded; melding; melds
: merge, blend
Cook the sauce slowly to let the flavors meld.


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noun (2)

: blend, mixture
a meld of Christian and Jewish customs

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As a verb used when things are blending or being blended together, meld dates only to the first half of the 20th century. In its early days, the word attracted some unfavorable attention. Those who didn't like it tended to perceive it as a misuse of an older meld meaning "to declare or announce (a card or cards) for a score in a card game" (such as pinochle or gin rummy). But the more recent meld, a blend of melt and weld, was an entirely new coinage suggesting a smooth and thorough blending of two or more things into a single, homogeneous whole. The word is no longer controversial.

Examples of meld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Cowboy Carter melds country, folk, blues, and gospel to cast a contemporary eye on pop and R&B’s roots. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 29 Mar. 2024 The Alpha melds those two worlds, giving you more physical real estate so that typing is comfortable but not sacrificing portability. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 In Goat’s Horn With Red (1945), a marvelous pastel in the exhibition, O’Keeffe melds oxbloods and brick reds, encircling a pale blue ground. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2024 Yet theme park creatives are clearly thinking about games and how to better meld them with physical spaces. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 The elements melded perfectly, making for a heady, aromatic meal with runny eggs that flowed richly onto my toast (though rice would have worked just as well). Melissa Clark, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Land shared the following in a press release posted to his Facebook page: This acquisition marks a significant milestone for Nikon, melding its rich heritage in professional and consumer imaging with RED’s innovative prowess. Jon Porter, The Verge, 7 Mar. 2024 But Republicans do risk making the Wisconsin 8th District yet another proof point in Trump’s takeover of the GOP, often at the expense of figures capable of expertise that sometimes does not meld with the MAGAverse. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 The tracks share a similar sparseness and uniformity in instrumentation–piano, violin, guitar, and occasional percussion–but rather than meld together, each song stands strong, poignant and singular. Leah Lu, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2024
The high-low look was the perfect meld of Italian glamour and low-key American style. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2024 Cuts of pork, beef and chicken meld in a stew with plantains, rounds of corn on the cob, winter squash and yautia, a root vegetable sometimes called malanga. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Located an hour drive southeast of the city of Toulouse between the walled city of Carcassonne and the Black Mountains—Montagne Noir—local geography here includes a meld of landscapes from two sides of the country—Mediterranean (rocky scrub) and Atlantic (forests and meadows). Tom Mullen, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 The extensive menu is a meld of Italian and Japanese, with an extensive–and spectacular–sushi bar. Rona Berg, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Crunchy guitars, galloping rhythm and a ferocious production meld on this confessional grit-country track written by Sam Martinez, Graham Barham, Zack Dyer and Jon Robert Hall. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 Despite the lack of Twitter, the mind meld is still happening. WIRED, 2 Nov. 2023 This meld of theory and practice will position you to adeptly navigate AI’s evolving landscape. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 On her latest, Spanish guitar flourishes, a cinematic Western vibe and Faith’s unique, sultry twang meld to convey this tale of a young woman who falls for a headstrong, restless cowboy. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 31 July 2023

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Word History


Verb (1)

German melden to announce, from Old High German meldōn; akin to Old English meldian to announce, Lithuanian malda prayer

Noun (1)

derivative of meld entry 1

Verb (2)

blend of melt and weld

Noun (2)

derivative of meld entry 3

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1887, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (1)

1887, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1919, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meld was in 1887


Dictionary Entries Near meld

Cite this Entry

“Meld.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: merge sense 1, blend
the vocals meld perfectly with the instrumental accompaniment


2 of 2 noun
: blend entry 2 sense 1, mixture
a meld of new and old ideas

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