1. [ noun ] a feeling of thoughtful sadness
Related terms: sadness pensiveness gloom world-weariness heavyheartedness
2. [ adjective ] characterized by or causing or expressing sadness
Synonyms: melancholic

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

Related terms: sad
3. [ noun ] (psychology) a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
Related terms: depression
4. [ noun ] (biology) a humor that was once believed to be secreted by the kidneys or spleen and to cause sadness and melancholy
Synonyms: black_bile
Related terms: humor liquid_body_substance
Similar spelling:   melancholic