adjective mel·low \ˈme-(ˌ)lō\

: pleasantly rich, full, or soft : not harsh, bright, or irritating

: having a pleasing rich flavor that develops over time

: very calm and relaxed

Full Definition of MELLOW

a of a fruit :  tender and sweet because of ripeness
b of a wine :  well aged and pleasingly mild
a :  made gentle by age or experience
b :  rich and full but free from garishness or stridency
c :  warmed and relaxed by or as if by liquor
d :  pleasant, agreeable
e :  laid-back
of soil :  having a soft and loamy consistency
mel·low·ly adverb
mel·low·ness noun

Examples of MELLOW

  1. The painting captures the mellow light of a summer evening.
  2. This wine is very mellow.
  3. He was in a mellow mood.
  4. She was a tough and demanding teacher, but she became mellower in her old age.
  5. He's a very mellow guy.
  6. After a couple of drinks we all started feeling pretty mellow.

Origin of MELLOW

Middle English melowe
First Known Use: 15th century



: to become or to cause (someone or something) to become less harsh, irritating, nervous, etc.

Full Definition of MELLOW

transitive verb
:  to make mellow
intransitive verb
:  to become mellow —often used with out

Examples of MELLOW

  1. She was a tough and demanding teacher, but she has mellowed in her old age.
  2. The wine needs time to mellow.
  3. She was a tough and demanding teacher, but old age has mellowed her.

First Known Use of MELLOW


Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with MELLOW

MELLOWING Defined for Kids


adjective mel·low \ˈme-lō\

Definition of MELLOW for Kids

:  fully ripe or mature <a mellow peach>
:  made mild by age
:  being clear, full, and pure :  not harsh <a mellow sound> <a mellow color>
:  very calm and relaxed <After dinner, we began to feel mellow.>
mel·low·ness noun



Definition of MELLOW for Kids

:  to make or become mild or relaxed especially over time


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