AskDefine | Define mellifluous

Dictionary Definition

mellifluous adj : pleasing to the ear; "the dulcet tones of the cello" [syn: dulcet, honeyed, mellisonant, sweet]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the Latin mellitus, honeyed/sweet + fluus, flowing.



  1. Flowing like honey.
  2. Sweet and smooth; generally used of a person's voice, tone or writing style.


Related terms

  • dulcet from the Latin: dulce (sweet). (Mellifluous is more likely to be applied to a person's writing style while dulcet would only be appropriate for describing audible tone, voice or tenor.)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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