mellow

adjective
mel·​low | \ˈme-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of mellow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a of a fruit : tender and sweet because of ripeness

b of a wine : well aged and pleasingly mild

2a : made gentle by age or experience She was a tough and demanding teacher, but she became mellow in her old age.

b : rich and full but free from garishness or stridency the mellow tones of an old violin

c : warmed and relaxed by or as if by liquor After a few drinks we felt pretty mellow.

d : pleasant, agreeable He was in a mellow mood.

e : laid-back mellow background music

3 of soil : having a soft and loamy consistency

mellow

verb
mellowed; mellowing; mellows

Definition of mellow (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become mellow often used with out

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Other Words from mellow

Adjective

mellowly adverb
mellowness noun

Examples of mellow in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Verb

She was a tough and demanding teacher, but she has mellowed in her old age. The wine needs time to mellow. She was a tough and demanding teacher, but old age has mellowed her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Mallory, unlike Jordan, is a laid back, mellow young man. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "What you might not know about new TE Will Mallory and his connection to two UM greats | Miami Herald," 20 May 2018 True to his mellow demeanor, Gerard wasn’t convinced himself. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Red Gerard wins gold in snowboard slopestyle, first U.S. medal at Winter Olympics," 11 Feb. 2018 Top a burger with a gooey layer of it: the mellow, buttery taste is a perfect match for ground beef. Posie Harwood, Bon Appetit, "Butterkäse: The Best Cheese You’ve Never Tried," 22 Jan. 2018 One of Tape One would start slow and mellow — guest-arrival music — then build in tempo and intensity until somewhere around Tape Three the bacchanalia soundtrack kicked in. Washington Post, "Party like it’s 1989: What should you do with all those old cassette mix tapes?," 25 Feb. 2018 Let sit a minute or so to allow flavors to come together and for onion to mellow. Bon Appetit, "Peanut Drinking Snack," 23 Apr. 2018 But Summerfest really, really needed something like this — a relaxing setting to hear some mellow tunes, complemented by a grassy lawn and some comfy lounge seating. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 To darken hair and mellow out graying strands: Strong sage, lavender, or cinnamon tea. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Shampoo With Ingredients You Have In Your Kitchen," 31 July 2017 Imperial Belgian Stout aged with Coffee to go with the mellow sounds of James Taylor. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to drink for a Summerfest headliner? Lakefront Brewery has a beer for that.," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But these are also young wines, and the more ambitious among them will benefit from aging five to 10 years to allow these complexities to uncoil while mellowing the rippling acidity. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious," 3 May 2018 His nature is like wine of a good vintage: time cannot sour, but only mellows him. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 15 June 2018 Hellion has lived in Belgium for more than a decade now, but the fromage hasn’t mellowed him much. Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader, "Hardcore icons Integrity bring their blackened aggression to Chicago," 29 Mar. 2018 The earthiness of beets is mellowed out by the ricotta, which is a nice bit of recipe balancing magic. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "1 Easy Hummus Recipe, 5 Ways to Mess with It," 19 Feb. 2018 Almost like a prairie companion, bison tartare found its wooly temper mellowed by bourbon and the earthy grounding of huitlacoche puree. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Cured makes a 3½-star statement at the Pearl," 28 June 2018 The Brazilian artist Erika Verzutti is in her late 40s, but her work exudes the exploratory energy of youth, mellowed by older, wiser emotional warmth, especially in her unusual combination of materials. Roberta Smith, Will Heinrich, Martha Schwendener And Jason Farago, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 29 Mar. 2018 What tied it all together was the perfectly seasoned citrus vinaigrette that mellowed out the bitter chicory and spices. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Chefs may change at Frances, but the Castro restaurant remains a bright star," 25 Jan. 2018 Tyler has, of course, mellowed with age and the wild stuff is way behind him. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Slash Talks Praises Steven Tyler in New Trailer for 'Out On A Limb': Watch," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mellow

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for mellow

Adjective

Middle English melowe

Verb

see mellow entry 1

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mellow

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: having a pleasing rich flavor that develops over time

: very calm and relaxed

mellow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mellow (Entry 2 of 2)

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

mellow

adjective
mel·​low | \ˈme-lō \

Kids Definition of mellow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fully ripe or mature a mellow peach

2 : made mild by age

3 : being clear, full, and pure : not harsh a mellow sound a mellow color

4 : very calm and relaxed After dinner, we began to feel mellow.

Other Words from mellow

mellowness noun

mellow

verb
mellowed; mellowing

Kids Definition of mellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become mild or relaxed especially over time

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