- the fruit of any of various plants of the gourd family, as the muskmelon or watermelon.
- medium crimson or deep pink.
- the visible upper portion of the head of a surfacing whale or dolphin, including the beak, eyes, and blowhole.
- a large extra dividend, often in the form of stock, to be distributed to stockholders: Profits zoomed so in the last quarter that the corporation cut a nice melon.
- any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.
Origin of melon
Examples from the Web for melons
One observer recalled them hitting the ground “like melons,” as the music piped into the plaza played “How Deep Is Your Love?”The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Casaba melons may be served in the same ways as cantaloupes.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The melons are excellent; the omelets are wonders, and the salads something to be remembered.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The seeds of water-melons are placed like those of the French melons.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
A newspaper is a market Where wisdom sells its freedom And melons are crowned by the crowd.War is Kind
He is a good farmer, and he will catch on to the melons pretty quick.Stories of a Western Town
Word Origin and History for melons
late 14c., from Old French melon (13c.), from Medieval Latin melonem (nominative melo), from Latin melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Greek melopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon "apple" (see malic) + pepon, a kind of gourd, probably noun use of pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).
In Greek, melon was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits (cf. similar use of apple). The Greek plural of "melon" was used from ancient times for "a girl's breasts."