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Definition: having a smooth rich flow, like one’s voice, or filled with something (as honey) that sweetens.

Pronunciation: mel·lif·lu·ous


This soft word dates back to the 15th century. Beginning with the Greek meli which represents ‘honey’, this word reached the Latin language as mel, representing the same. There the suffix fluus was added, representing flowing. Combined together, the Latin introduced a flowing, sweet and pleasing adjective which can be used with odor, style of speaking or writing and more.

Why this word?

This sweet word was suggested to us by a reader who only left C.O as his name, so thank you C.O, it is indeed a great word!

Mellifluous has another meaning rather than a flowing pleasant, it represents anything that is filled with a sweetening feature. It cold, of course, refer to a sweet raisin and nuts chicken filling, but it is also a great sense to the word to be used as a metaphor for any bad news presented to the listener with some positive features, to sweeten the upcoming pain.

How to use the word mellifluous in a sentence?

Mellifluous is an adjective representing something sweetly flowing.

Her mellifluous voice lured me into her net like a butterfly to fire

Mellifluous also stands for a sweetening filling.

The mellifluous chicken stuffing is amazing!”

Or metaphorically: “Her breaking up with me was mellifluous; she will not be mine, she said, but she would love me forever“.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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