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 EnglishRelated formsmel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverbmel·lif·lu·ous·ness, nounun·mel·lif·lu·ous, adjectiveun·mel·lif·lu·ous·ly, adverb
< Late Latin mellifluus,
equivalent to Latin melli-
(stem of mel
) honey + -flu(ere
) to flow + -us
adj. suffix (see -ous
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Related Words for mellifluousnessvigor
British Dictionary definitions for mellifluousness
Derived Formsmellifluously or mellifluently, adverbmellifluousness or mellifluence, noun
(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
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 mellifluousness
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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