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

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 Save for a news helicopter circling during training hours, the scene was as mellow as could be — a mere three years between Triple Crown attempts will have such an effect. New York Times, "Simply Perfect: Justify Wins the Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 Indeed, the onion ring adds another satisfyingly crunchy element, along with a mellow sweetness. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Long live the wedge salad, America's silliest salad," 21 June 2018 Here are some pretty mellow dates to avoid drowning in humidity. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Date Night: Beer, words and pictures," 14 June 2018 Hot time: The vibe stays pretty homey and mellow even during weekend peaks. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 This literary outpost is equipped with a mellow cat — the incumbent, Bartleby, succeeded Mr. Mulliner — tables and easy chairs, plus 60,000 volumes. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Who killed Normal Heights' iconic book store? There's a rogue's gallery of suspects," 4 June 2018 Cleveland's Best manager Kristen Davis says: Soft, mellow flavor. cleveland.com, "How about a homemade bakery bun to go with your burger at Creekside Restaurant? Cleveland's Best Burger contest," 10 May 2018 The scents ends on the mellow notes of white musk and vetiver. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The pasta water, olive oil, and Parmesan mellow the bitterness of greens, softening and rounding their flavor. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "This Decadent Pasta Sauce Is Actually Packed With a Full Serving of Greens," 7 May 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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Phrases Related to mellow

mellow out

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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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