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mellifluous

[muh-lif-loo-uh s]
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adjective
  1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
  2. 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)
Related formsmel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverbmel·lif·lu·ous·ness, nounun·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjectiveun·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. melodious, musical, dulcet, harmonious.
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British Dictionary definitions for mellifluousness

mellifluous

mellifluent

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

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for mellifluousness

mellifluous

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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