- 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|John Avlon|January 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Diane Dimond|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Robin Givhan|March 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Cut a ripe and chilled watermelon in halves, crosswise the melon.
The traveller gave them all he had, which was a melon, to quench their thirst.Far Off|Favell Lee Mortimer
Suan was ashamed to refuse; so, even though he knew that he could not tell how many seeds a melon contained, he answered, “Yes.”Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
It was a "good sign" when a spider spun his web over a melon, or, if put in a square box he should weave a circular web.Japanese Fairy World|William Elliot Griffis
The fruit which Tanda picked was of the form and size of a melon, and attached by its stem directly to the trunk.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for melon
Word Origin for melon
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."