mel·​low | \ ˈme-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce mellow (audio) \

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


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


mellowly adverb
mellowness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for mellow

Synonyms: Adjective

euphonious, lyric, lyrical, mellifluent, mellifluous, melodic, melodious, musical

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of mellow in a Sentence


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.


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

After a wild Thursday, Friday looks mellow with temperatures moving back down to the upper 40s and winds calming. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Portland Wednesday weather: Drizzle, mist and occasional showers precede 'real' rain on Thursday," 10 Jan. 2018 Tiny Treats: Baby Ball offers perfectly rounded, petite crimson beets with fine tips; mellow, sweet taste; and delicious, healthful greens. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How (And Why) To Grow And Eat More Beets," 18 Apr. 2017 There are jaw-dropping installations downtown, interactive performance art for kids, and super mellow pop-up concerts along the wilderness trails on the hamlet’s outskirts. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The six best Colorado art festivals you’re not going to," 28 June 2019 For a more mellow experience, go in the winter months when the crowds have dispersed and temperatures remain moderate. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019 De Laurentiis will throw it into everything from pasta sauces to stews to dressings for a bit of mellow heat. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 6 Pantry Staples Giada De Laurentiis Can’t Live Without," 17 Apr. 2018 Drive about an hour south of Melbourne, and the Australian city’s energy soon gives way to mellow, seaside vibes. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "This Australian Paradise Combines Everything You Love About Sonoma and the Hamptons," 15 June 2019 The smooth hybrid of reggae and rock performed by Sublime with Rome idealizes the mellow Southern California lifestyle. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 Her profile is a mix of mellow images, workouts, and motivational quotes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Unfollowed William & Kate Middleton on Instagram," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Later in life, Mr. Torn professed to have mellowed. New York Times, "Rip Torn, an Outsize Presence Onstage and Off, Is Dead at 88," 9 July 2019 Adult dogs who are out of their puppy phase and have mellowed out a bit often mesh well into these types of homes. Sara Werning, The Mercury News, "Critter corner: Find the perfect dog for your family," 28 June 2019 Cajun spices get mellowed with a healthy splash of milk, which gives this combo a risotto-like texture. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "These are the 5 recipes our readers loved most this week," 14 June 2019 Sedona is renowned for its healing powers, and that night, our last, we were mellowed by a powerful sense of relief that our journey would soon be over. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 The situation reportedly mellowed out when Gigi Hadid arrived. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods and Kendall Jenner's Coachella Encounter Was Reportedly Full of "Tension" and "Awkwardness"," 16 Apr. 2019 People normally get cranky when the economy is doing badly but mellow out as things improve. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Voters Rebel in Europe’s Big Three," 10 Dec. 2018 This intense, unflitered IPA is mellowed by the sweet taste of golden honey. Fox News, "Best craft beers to drink right now," 3 May 2017 Pro tip: Toss thinly sliced raw onion with lime juice to mellow its bite. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken Mole Tacos," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of mellow


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


1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for mellow

Adjective and Verb

Middle English melowe

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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



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.


mel·​low | \ ˈme-lō How to pronounce mellow (audio) \

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


mellowed; mellowing

Kids Definition of mellow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become mild or relaxed especially over time

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