American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Flowing with sweetness or honey.
- adj. Smooth and sweet: "polite and cordial, with a mellifluous, well-educated voice” ( H.W. Crocker III).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Flowing or dropping like honey; hence, sweetly or smoothly flowing, especially in sound.
- adj. Flowing like honey.
- adj. Sweet and smooth; generally used of a person's voice, tone or writing style.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Flowing as with honey; smooth; flowing sweetly or smoothly.
- adj. pleasing to the ear
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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