An example of melancholy is someone crying from loss.
An example of melancholy is a dark, stormy and windy day.
A letter with some melancholy news.
Origin of melancholy
- Middle English melancolie from Old French from Late Latin melancholia from Greek melankholiā melās melan- black kholē bile ghel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek Î¼ÎµÎ»Î±Î³Ï‡Î¿Î»Î¯Î± (melancholia, “atrabiliousness"), from Î¼ÎÎ»Î±Ï‚ (melas), Î¼ÎµÎ»Î±Î½- (melan-, “black, dark, murky") + Ï‡Î¿Î»Î® (chole, “bile"). Compare the Latin Ätra bÄ«lis (“black bile").