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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to announce and display (a counting combination of cards in the hand) for a score.
  1. the act of melding.
  2. any combination of cards to be melded.

Origin of meld1

1895–1900; < German melden to announce; akin to Middle English melden, Old English meldian to make known


verb (used with or without object)
  1. to merge; blend.
  1. a blend.

Origin of meld2

1935–40; blend of melt1 and weld1


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1. mix, fuse, combine, consolidate.
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  1. (in some card games) to declare or lay down (cards), which then score points
  1. the act of melding
  2. a set of cards for melding

Word Origin

C19: from German melden to announce; related to Old English meldian


  1. to blend or become blended; combine

Word Origin

C20: blend of melt + weld 1
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Word Origin and History for meld


"to blend together, merge, unite" (intransitive), by 1910, of uncertain origin. OED suggests "perh. a blend of MELT v.1 and WELD v." Said elsewhere to be a verb use of melled "mingled, blended," past participle of dialectal mell "to mingle, mix, combine, blend."

[T]he biplane grew smaller and smaller, the stacatto clatter of the motor became once more a drone which imperceptibly became melded with the waning murmur of country sounds .... ["Aircraft" magazine, October 1910]

But it is perhaps an image from card-playing, where the verb meld is attested by 1907 in a sense of "combine two cards for a score:"

Upon winning a trick, and before drawing from the stock, the player can "meld" certain combinations of cards. [rules for two-hand pinochle in "Hoyle's Games," 1907]

The rise of the general sense of the word in English coincides with the craze for canasta, in which melding figures. The card-playing sense is said to be "apparently" from German melden "make known, announce," from Old High German meldon, from Proto-Germanic *meldojan (cf. Old English meldian "to declare, tell, display, proclaim"), and the notion is of "declaring" the combination of cards. Related: Melded; melding.

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