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  1. of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful.
  2. producing melody; sweet-sounding; musical.
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Origin of melodious

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word melōdiōsus. See melody, -ous
Related formsme·lo·di·ous·ly, adverbme·lo·di·ous·ness, nounnon·me·lo·di·ous, adjectivenon·me·lo·di·ous·ly, adverbnon·me·lo·di·ous·ness, nouno·ver·me·lo·di·ous, adjectiveo·ver·me·lo·di·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·me·lo·di·ous·ness, nounun·me·lo·di·ous, adjectiveun·me·lo·di·ous·ly, adverbun·me·lo·di·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for melodiously

harmonious, mellifluously, melodiously, musically

Examples from the Web for melodiously

Historical Examples of melodiously

  • “‘Lieb Vaterland magst ruhig sein,’” he melodiously observed.

    Red Men and White

    Owen Wister

  • It whistled once long and melodiously, then twice in short staccatos.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • Then she set out to find out who it was sang so melodiously.

  • Suddenly Ulenspiegel sang again, most melodiously like a lark.

  • He is bound to say it, clearly and melodiously if he may; clearly, at all events.

British Dictionary definitions for melodiously


  1. having a tune that is pleasant to the ear
  2. of or relating to melody; melodic
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Derived Formsmelodiously, adverbmelodiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for melodiously



late 14c., from Old French melodios "melodious; delightful" (French mélodieux), from Medieval Latin melodiosus, from Latin melodia (see melody). Related: Melodiously; melodiousness.

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