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Related to mellifluousness: inordinately, adroitly, succinctness


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.


(mɪˈlɪflʊəs) or


(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


(məˈlɪf lu əs)

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"


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


[meˈlɪflʊəs] ADJmelifluo


adjwohltönend, wohlklingend
References in classic literature ?
Though her French accent was so much part of her that it remained, all the mellifluousness of her manner left her when she was engaged in teaching.
'I do know,' said the old gentleman, laying his finger on his nose, with an air of familiarity, most reprehensible, 'that this is a sacred and enchanted spot, where the most divine charms'--here he kissed his hand and bowed again--'waft mellifluousness over the neighbours' gardens, and force the fruit and vegetables into premature existence.
Some of the singing was shrill, and some blustery, and for all the mellifluousness of the singing of the countertenors, this was another depressing example of how wooden their acting can be.
But what makes it a poem or a story or a novel is the art of poetry or of fiction, which depends as much on shape, structure, sound, mellifluousness, tone, grace--and so on.
Though in Irish Melodies Thomas Moore deployed the smooth mellifluousness that distinguished highly "civilized" poetry, the number of Anacreontic ballads that featured a "broken lyre," Hansen argues, functioned to remind Irish readers of the violence wrought by Britain upon its colony of Ireland.
He argues that Wise actively promoted the plays of Shakespeare alongside the sermons of Thomas Playfere, who like the playwright was frequently associated with mellifluousness, eloquence, and a sweet style.
Generally, these tenors were able to seamlessly unite the chest and head registers, apply power to the male voice, but also temper it with the mellifluousness and allure of the female voice.
Mullen is one of the old-guard greats on the UK scene, deploying his guitar in many guises, from rock fusion to classic Wes Montgomery style mellifluousness.
Mirsky goes on to write: "It was this rich and easy mellifluousness, at once so one in the simplicity of its metre and so varied in the play of rhyme and flexibility of rhythm, that struck the reader" (65).