Also found in: Thesaurus.


Having a pleasant and fluid sound: "The Headmaster read a rather lengthy passage from Stephen Vincent Benet's 'The Devil and Daniel Webster' in his engaging, mellifluous voice" (John Knowles).

[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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


advklangvoll; …, he said mellifluously…, sagte er mit wohltönender or klangvoller Stimme
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
Most mellifluously did he purr as we crowded around to stroke him; with friendly joy he licked our hands with his little red tongue; poor Paddy was a thankful cat; he was no longer lost, starving, imprisoned, helpless; he was with his comrades once more and he was going home--home to his old familiar haunts of orchard and dairy and granary, to his daily rations of new milk and cream, to the cosy corner of his own fireside.
There were excellent contributions from all sections with the two clarinets catching my ear with mellifluously delightful playing.
Rich and serene imagery of Faiz's poetry mellifluously presented by the artist
Serenely surrounded by kaleidoscopically-coloured woodlands, the radiant reservoirs mellifluously mirrored the mellow shades of an arboreal autumn.
'I've been to a number of places [that] I never would have traveled to, [as] the result of his intelligent and mellifluously articulated recommendations.'
In 1931 George Seferis wrote a poem called Denial that was later set to music by Mikis Theodorakis that became the song Sto Periyiali to Krifo sung first by Grigoris Bithikotsis and then more mellifluously by Maria Farantouri.
Once a week, a music therapist helps Herzog transform her thoughts into lyrics, then sings them back to her mellifluously over the strums of her guitar.
Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously." New York Times.
...and lyrically, mellifluously these silvery, impassioned and emotional words of Padre Florentino in Noli Me Tangere: "we must win our freedom by deserving it, by improving the mind and enhancing the dignity of the individual, loving what is just, what is good, what is great, to the point of dying for it."
His beloved, Anna Sorensen, was mellifluously sung with much beauty of tone by soprano Marianne Fiset.
Narrated by the mellifluously smooth voice of national treasure Stephen Fry, LBG's first outing was a wonderfully whimsical platformer which, at first, allowed you to explore the existing landscapes and later, let your imagination run wild and design your own.