Definition of mellifluous in English:


Line breaks: mel|lif¦lu|ous
Pronunciation: /mɛˈlɪflʊəs




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  • True, it rolls mellifluously off the tongue and hangs in the air like an echo from a bell or the sonorous tones of a self-righteous preacher.
  • ‘Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps,’ the tape greeted him mellifluously.
  • ‘I am so delighted to meet you, young lady,’ he intoned mellifluously.


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  • Experimentation in traditional forms such as sonnets or terza rima hasn't really taken hold here, in part, perhaps, because there is more danger in Italian than there is in English of falling into dull mellifluousness.
  • But the play really belongs to Marian Seldes, who floats, hovers, slithers, twists into salamandrine shapes, while enunciating with magnificent mellifluousness and perfect, usually hilarious timing.
  • A true Italian, Scarlatti apparently was incapable of writing anything lacking in grace or mellifluousness, and his vocal music - including dozens and dozens of operas - is considered to be particularly attractive.


late 15th century: from late Latin mellifluus (from mel 'honey' + fluere 'to flow') + -ous.

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