- any of several large, juicy, thick-skinned, many-seeded fruits of certain trailing plants of the gourd family, as the watermelon, muskmelon, and cantaloupe
- any of these plants
- Slang profits, winnings, political spoils, or the like, for distribution among stockholders, etc.: chiefly in cut a melon, to distribute such profits, etc.
Origin of melonOld French from Late Latin melo (gen. melonis), for Classical Latin melopepo from Classical Greek m?lopep?n, melon from m?lon, apple + pep?n, ripe
- a. Any of various vines of the family Cucurbitaceae, especially Cucumis melo or Citrullus lanatus, widely cultivated for their edible fruit.b. The fruit of any of these plants, having a hard rind and juicy flesh.
- A fatty structure in the forehead of cetaceans, especially the toothed whales, thought to be used in the production of high-frequency sounds.
- melons Vulgar Slang A woman's breasts.
Origin of melonMiddle English from Middle French from Old French from Late Latin mēlō mēlōn- short for Latin mēlopepō from Greek mēlopepōn mēlon apple pepōn gourd
(countable and uncountable, plural melons)
- (countable) Any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.
- (uncountable) The fruit of such plants.
- (uncountable)A light pinkish orange colour, like that of some melon flesh.
- (in the plural, slang) Breasts.
- (countable, slang) The head.
- (countable, Australia, New Zealand, derogatory) A member of the Green Party, or similar environmental group.
- (countable) A mass of adipose tissue found in the forehead of all toothed whales, used to focus and modulate vocalizations.
- Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
Old French melon, from Medieval Latin melonem, from Latin melopeponem (“type of pumpkin"), from Ancient Greek Î¼Î·Î»Î¿Ï€ÎÏ€Ï‰Î½ (mÄ“lopepÅn), from Î¼á¿†Î»Î¿Î½ (mÄ“lon, “apple") + Ï€ÎÏ€Ï‰Î½ (pepÅn, “ripe").