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Mellifluous

məˈlifləwəs

Adjective

  • (Of a voice or words) Sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.
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Example Sentences

“The jazz singer’s mellifluous voice put the crowd at ease.”

“My favorite podcaster has the most mellifluous voice.”

“I have been told my speaking voice is so mellifluous, I should record audiobooks.”

Word Origin

Late Latin, late 15th century

Why this word?

If you’ve ever described a singer’s voice as “smooth as honey,” then “mellifluous” is a perfect adjective to add to your vocabulary. From Latin, with “mel” meaning “honey” and “fluere” meaning “to flow,” “mellifluous” specifically describes voices and words that are pleasant and musical-sounding. The Allman Brothers Band was perhaps inspired by Latin for the mellifluous song “Melissa,” a name that shares the same sweet root word.

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