Melville definition by Webster's New World
a masculine name: var. Melvil
Origin: after the surname (orig. place name)
Melville, Herman 1819-91; U.S. novelist
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- island of Canada in the Arctic Ocean, north of Victoria Island: 16,274 sq mi (42,149 sq km)
- island of Australia, off the N coast: 2,240 sq mi (5,802 sq km)
Origin: after R. Saunders, Viscount Melville (1771-1851), First Lord of the Admiralty
Melville definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, Herman 1819-1891.
American writer whose experiences at sea provided the factual basis of Moby-Dick (1851), considered among the greatest American novels. His other works include short stories, such as “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1856), and the novella Billy Budd (published 1924).
- Mel·vilˈle·an adjective
A saltwater lake of Newfoundland, Canada, in southeast Labrador. It receives the Churchill River in Goose Bay, its southwest arm.