What does melon mean?

Definitions for melon
ˈmɛl ənmel·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. melonnoun

    any of numerous fruits of the gourd family having a hard rind and sweet juicy flesh

  2. melon, melon vinenoun

    any of various fruit of cucurbitaceous vines including: muskmelons; watermelons; cantaloupes; cucumbers


  1. melonnoun

    Any of various fruits of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.

  2. melonnoun


  3. melonnoun

    The head.

  4. melonadjective

    Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.

  5. Etymology: melon, from melonem, from melopeponem, from μηλοπέπων, from μῆλον + πέπων.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Melonnoun

    Etymology: melon, Fr. melo, Latin.

    The flower of the melon consists of one leaf, which is of the expanded bell shape, cut into several segments, and exactly like those of the cucumber: some of these flowers are barren, not adhering to the embrio; others are fruitful, growing upon the embrio, which is afterwards changed into a fruit, for the most part of an oval shape, smooth or wrinkled, and divided into three seminal apartments, which seem to be cut into two parts, and contain many oblong seeds. Philip Miller.

    We remember the fish which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers and the melons. Num. xi. 5.


  1. melon

    A melon is a type of fruit that originates from the plant family called Cucurbitaceae. They are typically large, round or oblong in shape, with sweet, juicy flesh and hard outer rind. Different varieties of melons can have different colours and flavors, ranging from the common green or orange flesh to more exotic colors like yellow or white. Some common types of melons include watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melonnoun

    the juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit

  2. Melonnoun

    a large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus Melo

  3. Etymology: [F., fr. L. melo, for melopepo an apple-shaped melon, Gr. mhlope`pwn ; mh^lon apple + pe`pwn a species of large melon; cf. L. malum apple. Cf. Marmalade.]


  1. Melon

    A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with edible, fleshy fruit. The word "melon" can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of muskmelons. Although the melon is a botanical fruit, some varieties may be considered culinary vegetables rather than fruits. The word melon derives from Latin melopepo, which is the latinization of the Greek μηλοπέπων, meaning "melon", itself a compound of μῆλον, "apple" + πέπων, amongst others "a kind of gourd or melon".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Melon

    mel′un, n. a kind of cucumber and its fruit, which in shape resembles an apple. [Fr.,—L. melo, -onis—Gr. mēlon, an apple.]

Editors Contribution

  1. melon

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created in various colors and species.

    Melon is a popular food and is marketed and sold worldwide in some countries as a fruit and in other countries as a vegetable depending on the ripeness of the product.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 26, 2016  

  2. melon

    A type of fruit, vegetable and food product.

    Melon is sold in some countries as a fruit when it is ripe and in other countries it is sold as a vegetable when it is not ripe.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 26, 2016  

  3. melonnoun

    A watermelon.

    I ate my melon.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 19, 2022  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MELON

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Melon is ranked #56310 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Melon surname appeared 363 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Melon.

    42.4% or 154 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    39.6% or 144 total occurrences were White.
    8.5% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.
    7.9% or 29 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. monel

  2. lemon

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melon in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of melon in a Sentence

  1. Robin Baird:

    If we find it again, we’d like to try to get a biopsy sample of the melon-headed whale it was associated with as well as get underwater footage [and] images to better assess morphology.

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