[muh-luhn-juh n] /məˈlʌn dʒən/
a member of a people of mixed white, black, and American Indian ancestry living in the southern Appalachians.
any of a dark-skinned group of people of the Appalachians in E Tennessee, of mixed Indian, White, and Black ancestry
[mel-vil] /ˈmɛl vɪl/ noun 1. Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist. 2. Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow inlet: the mouth of the Churchill River is at its W end. About 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km). 3. a male given […]
[meel-yuh-riz-uh m, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌrɪz əm, ˈmi li ə-/ noun 1. the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. /ˈmiːlɪəˌrɪzəm/ noun 1. the notion that the world can be improved by human effort n. “belief that the world tends to become better,” 1868, from Latin melior […]
[meel-yuh-reyt, mee-lee-uh-] /ˈmil yəˌreɪt, ˈmi li ə-/ verb (used with or without object), meliorated, meliorating. 1. . /ˈmiːlɪəˌreɪt/ verb 1. a variant of ameliorate v. 1550s, “to make better,” back-formation from melioration or else from Late Latin melioratus, past participle of Latin meliorare “improve,” from melior “better,” used as comparative of bonus “good,” but probably […]
[mel-vin] /ˈmɛl vɪn/ noun 1. a male given name. masc. proper name, from Old English Mælwine, literally “friend of the council,” from mæl “council,” from Proto-Germanic *mathla- (see blackmail) + wine “friend” (related to winnan “to strive, struggle, fight;” see win (v.)). noun