1

mellow

adjective mel·low \ ˈme-(ˌ)lō \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of mellow

1 a of a fruit : tender and sweet because of ripeness
b of a wine : well aged and pleasingly mild
2 a : 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

mellowly

adverb

mellowness

noun

Examples of mellow in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of mellow from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mellow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mellow

Middle English melowe


2

mellow

verb

Definition of mellow

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

Examples of mellow in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of mellow from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mellow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mellow

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms



MELLOW Defined for English Language Learners

mellow

adjective

Definition of mellow for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mellow for English Language Learners

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


MELLOW Defined for Kids

1

mellow

adjective mel·low \ ˈme-lō \

Definition of mellow for Students

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.

mellowness

noun

2

mellow

verb

Definition of mellow for Students

mellowed; mellowing
: to make or become mild or relaxed especially over time


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mellow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of, relating to, or being an oracle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman-tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!