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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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  • And while he sits there, the melodious bell in the church-tower rings its evening song.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • "But be calm," said the grave, melodious voice, at the young man's side.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Hang his melodious voice, his modest composure, his gold-barred collar, his easy command of topics!

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • A melodious "Thank you," coming as from another being, rewarded me.

  • Love is the most melodious of all harmonies and the sentiment of love is innate.

  • “It seems to be a melodious language,” said Mr. Roebuck, greatly amused.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Who would bruise the poorest reed of Pan, though plucked from a beggar's hedge, would insult the melodious god himself.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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