Word of the Day Archive
Thursday April 30, 2009
mellifluous \muh-LIF-loo-uh s\
1. sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones.
2. flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.
"This is my missionary preacher meets Clint Eastwood look,” she says, in a rolling Welsh burr so soothing, so mellifluous, that if the world were ending I think hers should be the voice breaking the news on the airwaves and playing us out with a redemptive blast of Dunvant Male Voice Choir.
-- Judith Woods, "I'm low maintenance. Life isn't about possessions," The Telegraph, July 6, 2015
People often talk of writers having a "voice"—the chopped, deadpan earnestness of the sci-fi noir auteur Philip K. Dick; the wryly mellifluous fugue precision of Nabokov; the garrulous, judgmental sentimentality of Dickens.
-- Liesl Schillinger, "Beyond Their Control," Three by Echenoz, 2014
Mellifluous entered English in the late 1300s and stems from the Latin mel meaning "honey" and fluere meaning "to flow."