[mel-buh] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for melba


  1. Dame Nellie, stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell. 1861–1931, Australian operatic soprano
  2. do a Melba Australian slang to make repeated farewell appearances
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Word Origin and History for melba


in various food preparations, especially peach Melba (1905) and Melba toast (1925) is in honor of Nellie Melba, stage name (based on Melbourne, Australia) of Australian-born operatic soprano Helen Mitchell (1861-1931).

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