Definition of mellow adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeləʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeloʊ//
    (mellower, mellowest) Happiness
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  1. 1(of colour or sound) soft, rich and pleasant mellow autumn colours Mellow music and lighting helped to create the right atmosphere. The leaves looked golden in the mellow afternoon light. The floor was of mellow golden stone.
  2. 2(of a taste or flavour) smooth and pleasant a mellow, fruity wine coffee with a full mellow flavour
  3. 3(of people) calm, gentle and reasonable because of age or experience Dad's certainly grown mellower with age.
  4. 4(informal) (of people) relaxed, calm and happy, especially after drinking alcohol After two glasses of wine, I was feeling mellow. See related entries: Happiness
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘ripe, sweet, and juicy’): perhaps from attributive use of Old English melu, melw- (see meal ‘ground grain or pulses’). The verb dates from the late 16th cent.
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