Adjective "Mellow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of a sound, flavour, or colour) pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness.
  1. 'slow cooking gives the dish a sweet, mellow flavour'
  2. 'The fruit has a sweet, mellow and warm flavour that goes well with other fruit in compotes or fruit salads.'
  3. 'Even the period instruments used are distinguished by their mellow sound.'
  4. 'I've always thought that the sweet, mellow taste of traditional cream is a perfect match for warm apple desserts.'
  5. 'Equally fascinating are the churches with their mellow honey coloured facades that glow warm in the sun.'
  6. 'Natalie was joined by the tenor Matthew Beale, whose very attractive, mellow sound combined attractively with solo flute, cellos and violins.'
  7. 'As she recalled, his voice was educated and had a pleasant, mellow tone.'
  8. 'The wealth of different brick colours - ranging from mellow old stocks to vibrant red London multis - ensures each fireplace is unique and not a clone of its neighbour.'
  9. 'The combination of oligofructose with high intensity sweeteners can lead to a mellow aftertaste and is more soluble than sucrose.'
  10. 'Most important of all are good tomatoes: their ample juices supply enough liquid to moisten the stew and their tart flavour balances the mellow sweetness of the other vegetables.'
  11. 'This smooth, mellow mouthful delivers flavours of dried red fruits, apples, vanilla and oak.'
  12. 'I'm making do with a large glass of rather mellow Cabernet Sauvignon and some very yummy soup my flatmate has made out of everything in our fridge.'
  13. 'It's slightly sweet and surprisingly mellow considering the high alcohol content.'
  14. 'He chose a Barbaresco wine 1995 (Italian red, naturally), a wonderfully mellow and aromatic wine which, if you can afford it, is excellent.'
  15. 'Soft tannins and lots of fruit make this quite an unusual and mellow Chianti.'
  16. 'Even the Pinot Noir sometimes seemed more mellow, which some tasters liked.'
  17. 'one dish of mellow apples'
  18. 'Peaches sold in here are generally large, juicy, sweet, mellow, scrumptious, delicious, you get the idea.'
(of a person's character) tempered by maturity or experience.
  1. 'What an apt and beautiful description of the most lovely of seasons in its mellow maturity.'
  2. 'That had something to do with Mehta's commanding, yet mellow, personality, but it also had a lot to do with the orchestra's professionalism.'
  3. 'His reflexes seemed a shade slower than his days in Toronto, and his mellow personality differed from Hasek's intense persona.'
  4. 'The big surprise, of course, was that guy from Japan: Ichiro Suzuki, who captured the fans of two nations with his skillful play and mellow personality.'
  5. 'His screen roles did mellow with age and he played several dad characters, the most popular among them being Kajol's father in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge.'
  6. 'Have someone read my chakra and tell me, ‘You're an incredibly complex and awesome person with a substantially mellow aura.’'
  7. 'Lead singer Eef Barzelay got married and had a baby, so he's a pretty mellow, happy guy.'
  8. 'Normally, people are pretty mellow, and respectful of one another.'
  9. 'Californians are renowned for a character as mellow as their climate, so it is not often that they get annoyed.'
  10. 'For a break from his rigorous five-time weekly training routine, he indulges in mellow dancing with the Silver Shadow Dancers.'
  11. 'Usually she was mellow and carefree in his presence.'
  12. 'Unlike Cailie, she has a fairly mellow personality, and is quite laid back.'
  13. 'This makes people who are already mellow even mellower and contributes to a decline in the quality of their work.'
  14. 'This mindset mixed with her insomnia-induced delirium into a mellow state of tranquil patience.'
  15. 'Beneath her stern countenance, Asma Jahangir is a mellow person with extremely unpretentious and simple likes and dislikes.'
  16. 'I had to learn English to follow the lyrics and had to adapt the relaxed, mellow jazz moves to my ballet technique.'
  17. 'everybody got very mellow and slept well'
  18. 'Anyhow, we quickly mellowed out with a bottle of the lowest teen-priced wine on a deep and scuffed settee and talked about holidays and every kind of rubbish.'
(of earth) rich and loamy.
  1. 'Well enriched, mellow loam, deeply dug or plowed, is best suited to the requirements of Carrots.'


Make or become mellow.
  1. no object 'fuller-flavoured whiskies mellow with wood maturation'
  2. 'A stone cross marks the most sacred point of the pass, the landscape beyond mellowing markedly from jagged, icy summits to rolling undulations.'
  3. 'It's nice to know that he's mellowing in his old age.'
  4. 'And here he is telling everyone that experience, and the effects of the triple heart bypass he underwent a decade ago, have mellowed him.'
  5. 'One thing that has probably mellowed only a little with age is Lloyd's famously sharp tongue and his impatience with incompetence or poor thinking.'
  6. 'I have had a Madras-strength sore throat for the last three days but it is now mellowing.'
  7. 'It's clear that age hasn't mellowed him, only sharpened his observations.'
  8. 'His expression has mellowed and he listens calmly as I begin to tell my story.'
  9. 'But during the course of their journey the tension between the two mellows as they begin to learn something about each other's background and hopes for the future.'
  10. 'It seems he hasn't mellowed much with the passing of the years.'
  11. 'One report states that you have matured and mellowed with age and that your attitude has changed so that you now look at life in a better view and appear relaxed and settled.'
  12. 'Old Reliable is touring in August, and then we're taking a break and mellowing out a little while.'
  13. 'Generally, I am advising people to mellow out and take things easy because flying can be a truly amazing experience.'
  14. 'Still, we mellow out round the fire, toasting marshmallows and muttering into the gloom.'
  15. 'On my next dive, I was just mellowing out and watching the occasional fish swim by when, out of the blue, came another whale shark, swimming straight towards me.'
  16. 'I've been spending the past week ‘coming down’ from the holiday, just mellowing out and relaxing with Mel.'


1. soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.

2. well-matured, as wines.

3. soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.

4. made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.

5. friable or loamy, as soil.

6. mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.

7. pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.

8. affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students. v

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be mellow of times."

"faces can be mellow by manes."

"bricks can be mellow."

"houses can be mellow."

"flavours can be mellow."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘ripe, sweet, and juicy’): perhaps from attributive use of Old English melu, melw- (see meal). The verb dates from the late 16th century.