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[mel-os, -ohs, mee-los, -lohs] /ˈmɛl ɒs, -oʊs, ˈmi lɒs, -loʊs/
the succession of musical tones constituting a melody.
Origin of melos
First recorded in 1730-40, melos is from the Greek word mélos song, tune


[mee-los, -lohs, mel-os, -ohs; Greek mee-laws] /ˈmi lɒs, -loʊs, ˈmɛl ɒs, -oʊs; Greek ˈmi lɔs/
a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the SW Aegean: statue, Venus de Milo, found here 1820. 51 sq. mi. (132 sq. km).
Also, Milo, Milos.
Related forms
[mee-lee-uh n, meel-yuh n] /ˈmi li ən, ˈmil yən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun


[mey-loh; Spanish me-law] /ˈmeɪ loʊ; Spanish ˈmɛ lɔ/
a city in NE Uruguay. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for melos
Historical Examples
  • The second extends from the peace of Nicias to the massacre of melos.

  • She felt as one might who should catch the Venus of melos cutting capers.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • One from melos, in the Athens Museum, has a porte-caustique.

  • Yet we only know the Venus of melos from the island where she was discovered.

    The Bases of Design Walter Crane
  • The Venus of melos stands as the chief feature of one gallery.

  • melos, they knew, was not by any means on their straight course to Corinth.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • Found in 1820 on the island of melos at the entrance of the Greek Archipelago.

    Greek Sculpture Estelle M. Hurll
  • Euripides must have been brooding on the crime of melos during the autumn and winter.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • When compared with the divine figure of the Venus of melos, though pleasing, it appears degenerate.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The same is the case with Melian white, because there is said to be a mine of it in melos, one of the islands of the Cyclades.

British Dictionary definitions for melos


an island in the SW Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades: of volcanic origin, with hot springs; centre of early Aegean civilization, where the Venus de Milo was found. Pop: 4771 (2001). Area: 132 sq km (51 sq miles) Modern Greek name Mílos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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