- Classical Mythology. the sister of Amalthea who nourished the infant Zeus with honey.
- Also Me·lis·sie, Me·lis·sy [muh-lis-ee] /məˈlɪs i/. a female given name.
Examples from the Web for melissa
For her part, Melissa shows the frustration and powerlessness of a woman devoted to a man she no longer understands – or trusts.War Is About More Than Heroes, Martyrs, and Patriots
Nathan Bradley Bethea
November 12, 2014
But, Melissa said, the show could only end with—as her mother would want—a joke.
"Melissa, you're from part of me that cannot be lasered off," Rivers said.
Yet even as her mother lobbed insults, Melissa was shown looking on, delight and pride in her eyes.
Rivers told me in both 2010 and 2014 that, when thinking about dying herself, she fretted most about her daughter Melissa.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
The virtuous Melissa parted from them with many blessings and tears.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Melissa Busteed was on the very front bench with the boys, of whom Josiah was one.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
They shouted at us some name—a woman's name, Miranda or Melissa—or some such thing.Youth
Melissa thinks she should take up the work and give her friend a rest.Molly Brown's Orchard Home
Finally, I imagine Melissa did not fancy being second choice.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
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").