SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey. Origin of mellifluous 1375–1425; late Middle English
Late Latin mellifluus,
) honey +
) to flow +
adj. suffix (see
Related forms mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb mel·lif·lu·ous·ness, noun un·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjective un·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for mellifluously Contemporary Examples of mellifluously Historical Examples of mellifluously
"And if not, angelic breasts do not harbor resentment long," said Don Inocencio
“I'll put it up when you stop speakin'
mellifluously of my friends,” declared the barber. British Dictionary definitions for mellifluously adjective (of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet Derived Forms mellifluously or mellifluently, adverb mellifluousness 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 adj.
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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