mellifluous


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mel·lif·lu·ous

 (mə-lĭf′lo͞o-əs)
adj.
Having a pleasant and fluid sound: "polite and cordial, with a mellifluous, well-educated voice" (H.W. Crocker III).

[Middle English, from Late Latin mellifluus : Latin mel, mell-, honey; see melit- in Indo-European roots + Latin -fluus, flowing; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.]

mel·lif′lu·ous·ly adv.
mel·lif′lu·ous·ness n.

mellifluous

(mɪˈlɪflʊəs) or

mellifluent

adj
(of sounds or utterances) smooth or honeyed; sweet
[C15: from Late Latin mellifluus flowing with honey, from Latin mel honey + fluere to flow]
melˈlifluously, melˈlifluently adv
melˈlifluousness, melˈlifluence n

mel•lif•lu•ous

(məˈlɪf lu əs)

adj.
1. sweetly or smoothly flowing: a mellifluous voice.
2. sweetened with or as if with honey.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mellifluus= Latin melli- (s. of mel) honey + -fluus flowing]
mel•lif′lu•ous•ly, adv.
mel•lif′lu•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mellifluous - pleasing to the earmellifluous - pleasing to the ear; "the dulcet tones of the cello"
melodic, melodious, musical - containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody; "the melodious song of a meadowlark"

mellifluous

mellifluent
adjective sweet, soft, smooth, honeyed, soothing, mellow, silvery, dulcet, sweet-sounding, euphonious wonderful mellifluous voices
Translations

mellifluous

[meˈlɪflʊəs] ADJmelifluo

mellifluous

adjwohltönend, wohlklingend
References in classic literature ?
At the same moment the door of the room below opened, and the captain's mellifluous bass notes floated upstairs, charged with the customary stimulant to his wife's faculties.
The Sun that light imparts to all, receives From all his alimental recompence In humid exhalations, and at Even Sups with the Ocean: though in Heav'n the Trees Of life ambrosial frutage bear, and vines Yeild Nectar, though from off the boughs each Morn We brush mellifluous Dewes, and find the ground Cover'd with pearly grain: yet God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights, As may compare with Heaven; and to taste Think not I shall be nice.
Scarce had the rubicund Apollo spread o'er the face of the broad spacious earth the golden threads of his bright hair, scarce had the little birds of painted plumage attuned their notes to hail with dulcet and mellifluous harmony the coming of the rosy Dawn, that, deserting the soft couch of her jealous spouse, was appearing to mortals at the gates and balconies of the Manchegan horizon, when the renowned knight Don Quixote of La Mancha, quitting the lazy down, mounted his celebrated steed Rocinante and began to traverse the ancient and famous Campo de Montiel;'" which in fact he was actually traversing.
This he filled up with alcohol, and stirred the fiery and mellifluous ingredients together.
But above all, and to give a bacchanalian grace to this truly masculine repast, the captain produced his mellifluous keg of home-brewed nectar, which had been so potent over the senses of the veteran of Hudson's Bay.
The same proceeding was gone through with Toby, whose mellifluous appellation was more easily caught.
The doctor, ordinarily the most mellifluous and self-possessed of men, flew into a violent, roaring, cursing passion, on this occasion--declared that I was imperiling the honor and standing of the family--insisted on my never drawing another caricature, either for public or private purposes, as long as I lived; and ordered me to go forthwith and ask pardon of Lady Malkinshaw in the humblest terms that it was possible to select.
To sage Philosophy next lend thine ear, From heaven descended to the low-roofed house Of Socrates--see there his tenement-- Whom, well inspired, the Oracle pronounced Wisest of men; from whose mouth issued forth Mellifluous streams, that watered all the schools Of Academics old and new, with those Surnamed Peripatetics, and the sect Epicurean, and the Stoic severe.
Just as I moved the Count's persuasive hand was laid on his shoulder, and the Count's mellifluous voice interposed to quiet him.
Put upon his good faith, and finding it in collision with his inclinations, Sloppy threw back his head and uttered a mellifluous howl, rounded off with a sniff.
Mellifluous Moira has delivered the news for more than two decades, her understated style never detracting from the content.
A shame really, for this is a fun, fun show with a daft story and some lovely music full of mellifluous, tripping rhythms and plenty of scope for the stars to strut their vocal stuff.