Definition of Melchior

1. Noun. United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973).

Exact synonyms: Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior, Lauritz Melchior
Generic synonyms: Tenor

2. Noun. (New Testament) one of the three sages from the east who came bearing gifts for the infant Jesus; usually represented as a king of Nubia.
Category relationships: New Testament
Group relationships: Magi, Wise Men
Generic synonyms: Sage

Definition of Melchior

1. Noun. A very large wine bottle (named after the King) with the capacity of about 18 liters, equivalent to 24 standard bottles. ¹

2. Proper noun. One of the Magi according to medieval Christian legend. ¹

3. Proper noun. (qualifier rather rare) (Persian male given name). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melchior

Melanotis caerulescens
Melastoma malabathricum
Melba toast
Melchior syndrome
Meleagris gallopavo
Meleney's gangrene
Meleney's ulcer
Meles meles
Melia Azadirachta

Literary usage of Melchior

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1. The Metropolitan (1835)
"You melchior, are Sir Henry de Clare ; you succeeded to your estates by the ... cried melchior. " Yes, the necklace put into my hands by your own wife when ..."

2. The Journey of Coronado: 1540-1542 ; from the City of Mexico to the Grand by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Antonio de Mendoza, Juan Camilo Jaramillo, Pedro Reyes Castañeda (1904)
"AFTER melchior Diaz and Juan Gallego had arrived in the town of Senora, it was announced that the army was to depart for Cibola; that melchior Diaz was to ..."

3. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"Fairer seems the ancient city, and the sunshine seems more fair, That he once has trod its pavement, that he once has breathed its air t 1 melchior Pfinzing ..."

4. Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of by Henry Frank Eshleman (1917)
"... and melchior Zahler, teacher and elders of the Mennonite Congregation in the honorable canton of Berne, Switzerland, who declare that they came into our ..."

5. The Metropolitan (1835)
"For myself I care not, melchior; the world is before me, and remain with the ... melchior hesitated. " I hardly can answer - but what consequence can the ..."

6. Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, 1528-1543: The Narrative of by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Pedro de Castañeda de Nájera, Frederick Webb Hodge, Theodore Hayes Lewis (1907)
"About the middle of the month of October,1 Captains Mel- chior Diaz and Juan Gallego came from Cibola, Juan Gallego 2 on his way to New Spain and melchior ..."

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