The meaning of the word mellifluous

Mellifluous (adj.) – smooth, honeyed, sweet; often use to describe something that is pleasing to the ear or smooth sounding.

It’s one of those words that feels like it takes your whole mouth to pronounce. In fact, it could be onomatopoeic (perhaps a word for another month?). Derived from the Latin mel (honey) plus fluere (to flow), mellifluous literally means ‘flowing with honey’.

“The young poet wrote about the first day of spring in a delightfully mellifluous manner.”


“I don’t mind my daughter listening to Jay-Z, but his music is hardly mellifluous.”