Definition of Melba in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛlbə


(in phrase do a Melba) Australian informal
Return from retirement, or make several farewell appearances.
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  • Perhaps some of these words and expressions will do a Melba one day.
  • I'm doing a Melba and will be back in the water on Monday.
  • I realised I'd have to make an overt confession and say I was doing a Melba - I'm not going to make another announcement, you can count on that.


1970s: from the name of the soprano Dame Nellie Melba (see Melba, Dame Nellie), who made repeated ‘farewell’ appearances.

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