[ muh-lif-loo-uhs ]
/ məˈlɪf lu əs /


sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.

Nearby words

  1. mellaril,
  2. meller,
  3. mellers,
  4. melliferous,
  5. mellifluent,
  6. melliphagous,
  7. mellite,
  8. mellitum,
  9. mellon,
  10. mellon, andrew william

Origin of mellifluous

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 formsmel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverbmel·lif·lu·ous·ness, nounun·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjectiveun·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mellifluously

  • The real revelation, though, is the mellifluously named Holliday Grainger.

  • "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



/ (mɪˈlɪflʊəs) /


(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
Derived Formsmellifluously or mellifluently, adverbmellifluousness or mellifluence, noun

Word Origin for mellifluous

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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