- the fruit of any of various plants of the gourd family, as the muskmelon or watermelon.
- medium crimson or deep pink.
- the visible upper portion of the head of a surfacing whale or dolphin, including the beak, eyes, and blowhole.
- a large extra dividend, often in the form of stock, to be distributed to stockholders: Profits zoomed so in the last quarter that the corporation cut a nice melon.
- any windfall of money to be divided among specified participants.
Origin of melon
Examples from the Web for melon
But how could they bronze that stubby little body, the melon head, the double chin?Richard Ben Cramer Dies: Iconic Writer Had an Unerring Ear for Dialogue
January 8, 2013
Rachel “Bunny” Melon wanted John to be the next president so he could “rescue America.”Edwards Staffer Andrew Young Offers Shocking Testimony About His Boss
April 25, 2012
Trim trousers in nubby shades of lilac were paired with jackets in iridescent hues of melon.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Haider Ackermann, Lanvin, and Comme des Garçons
March 4, 2012
Meanwhile he hid a note in a piece of melon and gave it to a young Jew.'Jews Are God's People Like Us'
Norman H. Gershman
February 21, 2009
You can't always tell by the looks of a melon what's inside it, my son.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
The melon capital was probably not in use after the sixth century.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
You 'll send me a melon, at least, of my own raising, won't you?Barrington
Charles James Lever
He had been reading an article on Nestorianism when the melon was brought in.
There she stopped, and, turning, extended her hands for the melon.Hooking Watermelons
Word Origin and History for melon
late 14c., from Old French melon (13c.), from Medieval Latin melonem (nominative melo), from Latin melopeponem, a kind of pumpkin, from Greek melopepon "gourd-apple" (name for several kinds of gourds bearing sweet fruit), from melon "apple" (see malic) + pepon, a kind of gourd, probably noun use of pepon "ripe" (see pumpkin).
In Greek, melon was used in a generic way for all foreign fruits (cf. similar use of apple). The Greek plural of "melon" was used from ancient times for "a girl's breasts."