- 1(Especially of a sound, flavour, or colour) pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness: she was hypnotized by the mellow tone of his voice slow cooking gives the dish a sweet, mellow flavourMore example sentences
- As she recalled, his voice was educated and had a pleasant, mellow tone.
- With its mellow purples, blues, dazzling yellows and reds set in flawless gold the collection is all set to lure you into buying it.
- The mellow flavour of spring onions make them just as adaptable as regular yellow or white onions, but without the tears.
- 1.1(Of wine) well-matured and smooth: a mellow, richly flavoured ShirazMore example sentences
- This is a grape variety which has excellent resistance to disease and rot, but which makes Cabernet Sauvignon look rather mellow.
- 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.
- He chose a Barbaresco wine 1995 (Italian red, naturally), a wonderfully mellow and aromatic wine which, if you can afford it, is excellent.
- 1.2 • archaic (Of fruit) ripe, sweet, and juicy: one dish of mellow applesMore example sentences
- The cliched image of autumn is that it is a fine season of mellow fruits, golden leaves and cool, bracing sunny days, but this has little bearing on the lives of anyone who lives in a town or city.
- Peaches sold in here are generally large, juicy, sweet, mellow, scrumptious, delicious, you get the idea.
- Moist and translucent, it tastes like a mellow orange with a hint of lemon.
- 2(Of a person’s character) tempered by maturity or experience: a more mellow personalityMore example sentences
- 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.
- And I had seen Jode's mellow personality melt into passion at simply a glance from Cif.
- His reflexes seemed a shade slower than his days in Toronto, and his mellow personality differed from Hasek's intense persona.
- 2.1Relaxed and good-humoured: Jean-Claude was feeling mellowMore example sentences
- About half the time, the songs are laid-back - mellow even - and meander casually along with long, rich, drawn-out horn solos and harmonies.
- I had to learn English to follow the lyrics and had to adapt the relaxed, mellow jazz moves to my ballet technique.
- For a break from his rigorous five-time weekly training routine, he indulges in mellow dancing with the Silver Shadow Dancers.
- 3 • informal Relaxed and cheerful through being slightly drunk: everybody got very mellow and slept wellMore example sentences
- When you drink, do you get more mellow or obnoxious?
- 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.
- 4(Of earth) rich and loamy: to most farmers, soil has good tilth when it is mellow and granular and crumbles easily in the handMore example sentences
- Well enriched, mellow loam, deeply dug or plowed, is best suited to the requirements of Carrots.
- In making a Flower Bed, see that the ground is well drained; that the subsoil is deep; that the land is in a mellow and friable condition, and that it is rich.
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- 1Make or become mellow: [with object]: even a warm sun could not mellow the North Sea breeze [no object]: fuller-flavoured whiskies mellow with wood maturationMore example sentences
- Perhaps it would be a good thing that I've matured and mellowed some, I don't know.
- Later as the evening mellows, she talks some more of her work and family.
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (mellow out) • informal Relax and enjoy oneself: I need to mellow out, I need to calm downMore example sentences
- The rest of the time I've been just mellowing out and enjoying life.
- I've been spending the past week ‘coming down’ from the holiday, just mellowing out and relaxing with Mel.
- We were just talking about how much he's mellowed out in the last year or two.
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- Old or new, many of the songs had a slightly different colour to them due to the presence of Justin Haynes on guitar, adding touches that were, by turns, mellowly acoustic or screamingly electric.
- I got home, got sick, then spent the evening mellowly lying about with the demon beast.
- Burns says mellowly: ‘It's good that this [event] is only taking two years off my life.’
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- Time may have ground off the dazzling and harsh part of his wisdom, but it has also suffused it with mellowness and modesty.
- Old age is supposed to bring with it a certain mellowness of perspective.
- I am recognising the joys she is experiencing as she discovers life in the city's streets, choice in the street markets, a mellowness in the people and their way of communicating.
late Middle English (in the sense 'ripe, sweet, and juicy'): perhaps from attributive use of Old English melu, melw- (see meal2). The verb dates from the late 16th century.