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Melchior

[mel-kyawr, -kee-awr] /ˈmɛl kyɔr, -kiˌɔr/
noun
1.
one of the three Magi.
2.
Lauritz (Lebrecht Hommel)
[lou-rits,, lawr-its;; Danish lou-rits lib-rekht hom-el] /ˈlaʊ rɪts,, ˈlɔr ɪts;; Danish ˈlaʊ rɪts ˈlɪb rɛxt ˈhɒm ɛl/ (Show IPA),
1890–1973, U.S. operatic tenor, born in Denmark.
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  • Melchior made his appearance in the market-place, attended by me, dressed as a German student, Timothy and Num in their costumes.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • Melchior Hondecoeter, the best known, was of an ancient and noble family.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • Will went up to Melchior, who told him what it was that he required.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • “Positively you are the greatest fool I ever met with,” said Melchior.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • No, there are no crevasses,” replied Melchior; “but a slip here would have been bad.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • “Then if she said that, she cannot have dealings with the devil,” observed Melchior.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • This remark was answered by Melchior de Willading in the same spirit, and the guide, perceiving he was no longer wanted, withdrew.

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • Why should Melchior wish to find out her address without my knowledge?

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for Melchior

Melchior1

/ˈmɛlkɪˌɔː/
noun
1.
(in Christian tradition) one of the Magi, the others being Balthazar and Caspar
2.
Lauritz (ˈlaʊrɪts). 1890–1973, US operatic tenor, born in Denmark

Melchior2

/ˈmɛlkɪˌɔː/
noun
1.
(in Christian tradition) one of the Magi, the others being Balthazar and Caspar
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Word Origin and History for Melchior

masc. proper name, literally "king of light," from Hebrew melekh "king" + or "light."

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