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mel·low

 (mĕl′ō)
adj. mel·low·er, mel·low·est
1.
a. Soft, sweet, juicy, and full-flavored because of ripeness: a mellow fruit.
b. Suggesting softness or sweetness: "The mellow air brought in the feel of imminent autumn" (Thomas Hardy).
2.
a. Flavorful and mild or smooth, as from being properly matured: a mellow wine.
b. Soft and pleasant; not harsh: a mellow voice; mellow light.
3. Gentle and understanding, especially from being mature or experienced: "She had seen him as a survival of a leisurely and tolerant age, a mellow man" (Elisabeth Ogilvie).
4. Relaxed and unhurried; easygoing: a mellow friend; a mellow conversation.
5. Slang Slightly and pleasantly intoxicated.
6. Moist, rich, soft, and loamy. Used of soil.
tr. & intr.v. mel·lowed, mel·low·ing, mel·lows
To make or become mellow.
Phrasal Verb:
mellow out Slang
To become genial and pleasant; relax: "The cowboy mellowed out when they read him a sweet letter from his wife" (Bobbie Ann Mason).

[Middle English melwe, perhaps from melowe, oblique case of mele, ground grain, meal; see meal1.]

mel′low·ly adv.
mel′low·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mellowed - having a full and pleasing flavor through proper agingmellowed - having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging; "a mellow port"; "mellowed fruit"
ripe, mature - fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodied mature wines"
2.mellowed - having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience; "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age"
mature - characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age"
References in classic literature ?
An hour ago they had seemed dangerous companions for so lofty a mood; but now, under the gentle influences of dinner, the mood had not indeed changed--but mellowed.
It was a fine December evening; the sharp air of morning had mellowed until it was as mild as autumn.
GARY MEGSON is back cracking the whip at West Brom, but admits he has mellowed from his first stint.