- (informal, Britain) Abbreviation of .
- 1889 December 24, Ernest Dowson, “To Arthur Moore”, in Desmond Flower and Henry Maas, editors, The Letters of Ernest Dowson, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, published 1967, LCCN 67-29136, page 121:
- Bar burlesque & Penleyan comedy I am becoming tolerant of this insipid British drama. Even bad melo doesn’t cause me to vomit as it did of old.
- 1923, Terry Ramsaye, “The Romantic History of the Motion Picture”, in Photoplay, page 41:
- She learned to read and write on the road and between scenes backstage, under the tutorship of the “female heavy” of a melodrama company. Meanwhile Mary listened and learned of the world about her. She heard a very great deal of the chesty gossip of melo actors discussing “when I was with Belasco,” and came to learn that on this wonderful Broadway Belasco was master.
- 1971 August 26, Radio Times:
- True life was melo about the first woman the George Cross. (As a stump word, ‘melo’ is short for ‘melodrama’.)
- 1973 December 20, Radio Times:
- The Roots of Heaven..John Huston’s melo about elephant conservation.
- 2012, Bill Thomas, Upstage, Downstage, Cross: An Actor Emerges in Early English 20th Century Theatre, AuthorHouse, →ISBN, page 155:
- “And a melo?” Miss Collins asked. Richard looked to Miss Joyce for help. “A melodrama! You don’t know?” A somewhat astonished Miss Joyce commented. “The only plays melo companies perform are melodramas. There are several of them touring out there,” broadly gesturing with her arm. “They’re known as ‘blood and thunders.’ A good melo actor can work all year round. […] Melos are a good place for a young actor to start,” she added.
- Indicative present connegative form of meloa.
- Second-person singular imperative present form of meloa.
- Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of meloa.
melo m (plural meli)
- mélo1 in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
melo m (plural meli)
- mèlo in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
Attested since about late 4th century CE, since Palladius and author(s) of Historia Augusta. Seems to be a colloquial shortening of mēlopepō, from Ancient Greek μηλοπέπων (mēlopépōn, “melon”), probably with influence from μῆλον (mêlon, “apple”). See mālum and mālus.
- Asturian: melón
- Catalan: meló
- Old French: melon
- → Middle Dutch: melone
- → Middle English: mē̆loun, melon, milon
- French: melon
- Norman: m'lon
- Galician: melón
- Italian: melone
- → German: Melone
- Occitan: melon
- Piedmontese: mëlon, mlon
- Portuguese: melão
- Romagnol: mlon, mlôn, mlōn
- Sicilian: miluni
- Spanish: melón
- “mēlo”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- melo in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- melo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
- 2nd person singular present indicative form of melot
- 3rd person singular present indicative form of melot
- 3rd person plural present indicative form of melot
- 2nd person singular imperative form of melot
- (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of melot
- (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of melot
Old High German
- Middle High German: mël
melo (Cyrillic spelling мело)