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[muh-loh-dee-uh s] /məˈloʊ di əs/
of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful.
producing melody; sweet-sounding; musical.
Origin of melodious
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin melōdiōsus. See melody, -ous
Related forms
melodiously, adverb
melodiousness, noun
nonmelodious, adjective
nonmelodiously, adverb
nonmelodiousness, noun
overmelodious, adjective
overmelodiously, adverb
overmelodiousness, noun
unmelodious, adjective
unmelodiously, adverb
unmelodiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for melodious
  • Kern's melodious music is in the air this year, perhaps more than ever.
  • It's a charming, melodious ditty and as cute in its staging as a cuckoo clock.
  • The result is a melodious musical play about buried memory and reincarnation.
  • The remaining music included some convincing, melodious arias, but it was a cut-and-dried show.
  • The versification sustains the solemn spirit which breathes throughout: it is peculiarly melodious.
  • We hear them saying their melodious prayers at morning's blush and eventide.
  • The rhythmical flow, here, is even voluptuous-nothing could be more melodious.
  • The face is a little puffy, the figure a trifle plump and the old pipes are not so melodious and vibrant as they used to be.
  • The melodious cries of street vendors also cross the fuzzy border between speech and song.
  • The bird's bright blue color and melodious song make it a welcome visitor to backyards.
British Dictionary definitions for melodious


having a tune that is pleasant to the ear
of or relating to melody; melodic
Derived Forms
melodiously, adverb
melodiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for melodious

late 14c., from Old French melodios "melodious; delightful" (French mélodieux), from Medieval Latin melodiosus, from Latin melodia (see melody). Related: Melodiously; melodiousness.

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