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[muh-lif-loo-uh s] /məˈlɪf lu əs/
sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding:
a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.
Origin of mellifluous
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mellifluus, equivalent to Latin melli- (stem of mel) honey + -flu(ere) to flow + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)
Related forms
mellifluously, adverb
mellifluousness, noun
unmellifluous, adjective
unmellifluously, adverb
1. melodious, musical, dulcet, harmonious. Unabridged
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  • "And if not, angelic breasts do not harbor resentment long," said Don Inocencio mellifluously.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • “I'll put it up when you stop speakin' mellifluously of my friends,” declared the barber.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for mellifluously


(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
Derived Forms
mellifluously, mellifluently, adverb
mellifluousness, mellifluence, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for mellifluously



early 15c., "sweet, pleasing" (of an odor, a style of speaking or writing, etc.), from Late Latin mellifluus "flowing with (or as if with) honey," from Latin mel (genitive mellis) "honey" (related to Greek meli "honey;" see Melissa) + -fluus "flowing," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent). Related: Melifluously; melifluousness.

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