Mellifluous

  • 1 Mellifluous — Mel*lif lu*ous, a. [L. mellifluus; mel, mellis, honey (akin to Gr. ?, Goth. milip) + fluere to flow. See {Mildew}, {Fluent}, and cf. {Marmalade}.] Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly; as, a mellifluous voice. {Mel*lif… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 mellifluous — [mə lif′lo͞o əs] adj. [L mellifluus < mel (gen. mellis), honey (see MILDEW) + fluere, to flow: see FLUCTUATE] sounding sweet and smooth; honeyed [mellifluous tones] mellifluously adv. mellifluousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 mellifluous — index eloquent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 mellifluous — (adj.) early 15c., sweet, pleasing (of an odor, a style of speaking or writing, etc.), from L.L. mellifluus flowing with (or as if with) honey, from L. mel (gen. mellis) honey (related to Gk. meli honey; see MELISSA (Cf. Melissa)) + fluus flowing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 mellifluous — [adj] smooth and sweet sounding agreeable, dulcet, euphonic, fluid, harmonic, honeyed, mellow, pleasing, resonant, songful, soothing, symphonious, tuned, tuneful; concept 594 …

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  • 6 mellifluous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ pleasingly smooth and musical to hear. DERIVATIVES mellifluously adverb mellifluousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 mellifluous — [[t]mɪlɪ̱fluəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A mellifluous voice or piece of music is smooth and gentle and very pleasant to listen to. [FORMAL] I grew up around people who had wonderful, mellifluous voices... Soon the room is filled with Bates… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 mellifluous — mellifluously, adv. mellifluousness, n. /meuh lif looh euhs/, adj. 1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones. 2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey. [1375 1425; late ME < LL… …

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  • 9 mellifluous — adjective Etymology: Middle English mellyfluous, from Late Latin mellifluus, from Latin mell , mel honey + fluere to flow; akin to Gothic milith honey, Greek melit , meli Date: 15th century 1. having a smooth rich flow < a mellifluous voice > 2.… …

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  • 10 mellifluous — adj. Mellifluous is used with these nouns: ↑tone, ↑voice …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 mellifluous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. resonant, smooth, liquid; see harmonious 1 , melodious , musical 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [muh LIF loo us] sweet sounding and smooth. The mellifluous tones echoed quietly across the stage.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 mellifluous — mel|li|flu|ous [mıˈlıfluəs] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: mellifluus, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow ] a mellifluous voice or piece of music sounds pleasantly smooth …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 mellifluous — adjective formal having a pleasant musical sound: a mellifluous voice mellifluously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 mellifluous — adjective mellifluous dinner music Syn: sweet sounding, dulcet, honeyed, mellow, soft, liquid, silvery, soothing, rich, smooth, euphonious, harmonious, tuneful, musical Ant: cacophonous …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 mellifluous — mel•lif•lu•ous [[t]məˈlɪf lu əs[/t]] adj. 1) sweetly or smoothly flowing: a mellifluous voice[/ex] 2) sweetened with or as if with honey • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME < LL mellifluus= L melli (s. of mel) honey + fluus flowing… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 mellifluous — /məˈlɪfluəs / (say muh lifloohuhs) adjective 1. sweetly or smoothly flowing: mellifluous tones. 2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as with honey. {Middle English, from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey} –mellifluously, adverb… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 mellifluous — adjective /məˈlɪfluəs/ a) Flowing like . b) Sweet and smooth; generally used of a persons voice, tone or writing style. See Also: superfluous …

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  • 18 mellifluous — Synonyms and related words: accordant, achingly sweet, affable, agreeable, agreeable sounding, ambrosial, amiable, amicable, appealing, ariose, arioso, bittersweet, blissful, candied, canorous, cantabile, catchy, cheerful, compatible, complaisant …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 mellifluous — mel|lif|lu|ous [ mə lıfluəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL pleasant to listen to …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 mellifluous — see FLUX, MOLASSES …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins