Mellow meaning

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Mellow defines someone or something that is calm, smooth and free from harshness.

A person who is calm and peaceful and doesn't get upset easily is an example of a person who is mellow.

Coffee that has a smooth, calm flavor and that isn't harsh is an example of coffee that would be described as mellow.

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Gentle and understanding, especially from being mature or experienced.
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Relaxed and unhurried; easygoing.

A mellow friend; a mellow conversation.

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Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated.
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Moist, rich, soft, and loamy. Used of soil.
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Soft and pleasant; not harsh.

A mellow voice; mellow light.

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The definition of mellow is to calm down or to cause someone to calm down.

If you were prone to swings of temper when you were younger but have become calmer as you age, this is an example of a situation where you mellow.

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Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness.

A mellow fruit.

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Suggesting softness or sweetness.
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Flavorful and mild or smooth, as from being properly matured.

A mellow wine.

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To make or become mellow.
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Soft, sweet, and juicy because ripe.
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Full-flavored; matured; not acid or bitter.
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Full, rich, soft, and pure; not harsh.
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Moist and rich; loamy.
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Softened and made gentle, understanding, and sympathetic by age and experience.
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Genial or convivial, often, specif., from ingesting alcohol or marijuana.
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To make or become mellow.
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Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp.

A mellow apple.

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Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid.

A mellow soil.

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Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.
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Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.
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Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated; or, stoned, high.

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A relaxed mood.
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To make mellow; to relax or soften.

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(intransitive) To become mellow.
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Origin of mellow

From Middle English melowe, melwe (“soft, sweet, juicy"), variant of Middle English merow, merwe (“soft, tender"), from Old English meru, mearu (“tender, soft, callow, delicate, frail"), from Proto-Germanic *marwaz (“mellow"), from Proto-Indo-European *mer(w)- (“to rub, pack"). Cognate with Middle Dutch meru (“tender"), German mürbe (“tender, soft"), Swedish mör (“tender; aching"), Icelandic meyr (“tender").