Definition of melancholy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmelənkəli//
, BrE//ˈmelənkɒli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmelənkɑːli//
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very sad or making you feel sadness synonym mournful, sombre melancholy thoughts/memories The melancholy song died away. See related entries: Unhappiness Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French melancolie, via late Latin from Greek melankholia, from melas, melan- ‘black’ + kholē ‘bile’, an excess of which was formerly believed to cause depression.Extra examples She began to feel more and more melancholy. He was a tall man with a long, melancholy face. I grew very melancholy and weary. She was in a melancholy mood.
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