What does melancholy mean?

Definitions for melancholyˈmɛl ənˌkɒl i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word melancholy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. melancholy(noun)

    a feeling of thoughtful sadness

  2. melancholy(noun)

    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

  3. black bile, melancholy(adj)

    a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy

  4. melancholy, melancholic(adj)

    characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

    "growing more melancholy every hour"; "her melancholic smile"; "we acquainted him with the melancholy truth"

  5. somber, sombre, melancholy(adj)

    grave or even gloomy in character

    "solemn and mournful music"; "a suit of somber black"; "a somber mood"


  1. melancholy(Noun)

    Black bile, formerly thought to be one of the four "cardinal humours" of animal bodies.

  2. melancholy(Noun)

    Great sadness or depression, especially of a thoughtful or introspective nature.

  3. melancholy(Adjective)

    Affected with great sadness or depression.

  4. Origin: From μελαγχολία, from μέλας, μελαν- + χολή. Compare the Latin atra bilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melancholy(noun)

    depression of spirits; a gloomy state continuing a considerable time; deep dejection; gloominess

  2. Melancholy(noun)

    great and continued depression of spirits, amounting to mental unsoundness; melancholia

  3. Melancholy(noun)

    pensive maditation; serious thoughtfulness

  4. Melancholy(noun)

    ill nature

  5. Melancholy(adj)

    depressed in spirits; dejected; gloomy dismal

  6. Melancholy(adj)

    producing great evil and grief; causing dejection; calamitous; afflictive; as, a melancholy event

  7. Melancholy(adj)

    somewhat deranged in mind; having the jugment impaired

  8. Melancholy(adj)

    favorable to meditation; somber

  9. Origin: [OE. melancolie, F. mlancolie, L. melancholia, fr. Gr. ; me`las, me`lanos, black + gall, bile. See Malice, and 1st Gall.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Melancholy

    mel′an-kol-i, n. continued depression of spirits: dejection: a gloomy state of mind causing groundless fears: (Milt.) pensiveness.—adj. gloomy: producing grief.—n. Melanchō′lia, a form of insanity, in which there is continued depression or pain of mind.—adjs. Melanchol′ic, Melanchō′lious, affected with, or caused by, melancholy: dejected: mournful. [Through Fr.,—L.,—Gr. melancholiamelan, black, cholē, bile.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melancholy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melancholy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aristotle:

    Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.

  2. Charles Dickens, Bleak House:

    It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

  3. John Milton:

    Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!

  4. George Santayana:

    Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    It is impossible that a fish doesn’t carry any smell of the sea and a real love, of the melancholy!

Images & Illustrations of melancholy

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