from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of sounding mellifluous; that is, the quality of sounding very smooth or pleasant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flow of sweetness, or a sweet, smooth flow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flow of sweetness; a smooth, honeyed flow.


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  • Gone was the mellifluence, gone was the gravity and, most startling of all, gone was the measured baritone.

    Murder Without Icing

  • The mellifluence of these lines, written on a harp, is totally lost in the translation: --

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 12, No. 334, October 4, 1828

  • Touched by the patina of time and mellowed through the mellifluence of age, the war now makes an appeal dissimilar to that which caused readers two or three years ago to declare they were "fed up."

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • When Dryden came into the world, he found poetry in a very imperfect state; its numbers were unpolished; its cadences rough, and there was nothing of harmony or mellifluence to give it a graceful of flow.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • In letters of this kind, some conceive art graceful, and others think negligence amiable; some model them by the sonnet, and will allow them no means of delighting but the soft lapse of calm mellifluence; others adjust them by the epigram, and expect pointed sentences and forcible periods.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 03 The Rambler, Volume II

  • Since the English ear has been accustomed to the mellifluence of Pope's numbers, and the diction of poetry has become more splendid, new attempts have been made to translate Virgil; and all his works have been attempted by men better qualified to contend with Dryden.

    Lives of the Poets, Volume 1

  • Since the Englifh ear has been accuftomed to the mellifluence of Pope's numbers, and the didion of poetry has become more fplcn - did, new attempts have been made to tranf-*

    The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets

  • As a young man one couldn’t walk the distance to glimpse events at the turn of the track – but age mellows and mellifluence follows.

    Sight Of Things To Come, the

  • The English of these lines seems to the writer of this to fall upon the ear with hardly less mellifluence than the fine latinity of Wranghams’s.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

  • Texas, quoting Col. Bailey of the _Houston Post_, "is a symphony, a vast hunk of mellifluence, an eternal melody of loveliness, a grand anthem of agglomerated and majestic beneficence.

    Watch Yourself Go By


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