- melon [mel′ən]n.[OFr < LL melo (gen. melonis), for L melopepo < Gr mēlopepōn, melon < mēlon, apple + pepōn, ripe]1. any of several large, juicy, thick-skinned, many-seeded fruits of certain trailing plants of the gourd family, as the watermelon, muskmelon, and cantaloupe2. any of these plants☆ 3. Slang profits, winnings, political spoils, or the like, for distribution among stockholders, etc.: chiefly in cut a melon, to distribute such profits, etc.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.