mellifluous

[ muh-lif-loo-uhs ]
/ məˈlɪf lu əs /

adjective

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

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM mellifluous

mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverbmel·lif·lu·ous·ness, nounun·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjectiveun·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb
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Example sentences 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

mellifluous

mellifluent

/ (mɪˈlɪflʊəs) /

adjective

(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet

Derived forms of mellifluous

mellifluously 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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