Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[muh-lis-uh] /məˈlɪs ə/
Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey.
Also, Melissie, Melissy
[muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Melissa
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
Word Origin and History for Melissa

fem. proper name, from Latin, from Greek (Ionic) melissa (Attic melitta) "honeybee," also "one of the priestesses of Delphi," from PIE *melit-ya, suffixed form of *melit- "honey" (cf. Greek meli, Latin mel "honey; sweetness;" Albanian mjal' "honey;" Old Irish mil "honey," Irish milis "sweet;" Old English mildeaw "nectar," milisc "honeyed, sweet;" Old High German milsken "to sweeten;" Gothic miliþ "honey").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Melissa

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Melissa

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for melissa