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adj. mel·low·er, mel·low·est
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).
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:
Noun1.mellowness - kindheartedness through maturity or old age
kindheartedness, kind-heartedness - sympathy arising from a kind heart
2.mellowness - a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
3.mellowness - the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasingmellowness - the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasing; "the music had a fullness that echoed through the hall"; "the cheap wine had no body, no mellowness"; "he was well aware of the richness of his own appearance"
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
4.mellowness - a soft shade of a color; "a mellowness of light and shade not attainable in marble"
tint, shade, tincture, tone - a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
5.mellowness - geniality, as through the effects of alcohol or marijuana
affability, affableness, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality, amiability - a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)


[ˈmeləʊnɪs] N (= smoothness) [of wine, brandy] → suavidad f, añejez f; [of fruit] → dulzura f; [of colour , light] → suavidad f; [of instrument] → lo melodioso


(of fruit)Ausgereiftheit f, → Saftigkeit f; (of wine)Ausgereiftheit f; (of brandy, whisky, flavour)Milde f; (of colour, light, stone, brick)Wärme f; (= softness)Weichheit f; (= mellow sound)weicher or sanfter Klang
(of person) (= relaxed attitude)Abgeklärtheit f, → Gesetztheit f; (= affability)Umgänglichkeit f; (= good mood)gute Laune; (= slight tipsiness)angeheiterte Stimmung


[ˈmɛləʊnɪs] n (of wine) → pastosità f inv; (of colour, character) → dolcezza


(ˈmeləu) adjective
1. (of character) made softer and more mature, relaxed etc by age and/or experience. Her personality became more mellow as middle age approached.
2. (of sound, colour, light etc) soft, not strong or unpleasant. The lamplight was soft and mellow.
3. (of wine, cheese etc) kept until the flavour has developed fully. a mellow burgundy.
to make or become softer or more mature. Old age has mellowed him.
ˈmellowness noun
References in classic literature ?
Doubtless that joy is wrought up into our nature, as the sunlight of long-past mornings is wrought up in the soft mellowness of the apricot, but it is gone for ever from our imagination, and we can only BELIEVE in the joy of childhood.
The next thing I noticed was that a great mellowness had descended upon the mother of the last of his race.
Kwaque possessed a jews' harp, and, whenever the world of the Makambo and the servitude to the steward grew wearisome, he could transport himself to King William Island by thrusting the primitive instrument between his jaws and fanning weird rhythms from it with his hand, and when he thus crossed space and time, Michael sang-- or howled, rather, though his howl possessed the same soft mellowness as Jerry's.
The mellowness of its old-fashioned, tarnished decoration was gone.
A group of dark Scotch firs was introduced in the middle distance to relieve the prevailing freshness of the rest; but in the foreground was part of the gnarled trunk and of the spreading boughs of a large forest- tree, whose foliage was of a brilliant golden green - not golden from autumnal mellowness, but from the sunshine and the very immaturity of the scarce expanded leaves.
A soft glow seems to shine from within them, rather than upon them from without, such is their mellowness as they look forth on the hot corn-fields and the smoking roads that distantly wind among them.
J& K can become the torch- bearer of such a reconciliatory process in the region as the state and its people have exhibited the mellowness and highest levels of religious tolerance even during the worst times of the sub- continent's history," she said.
We were not only looking for quality of age, but also mellowness, notes of wood, and something that reminded us of molasses.
For such hard-won and unparalleled liquor, its distinctive mellowness can be felt only through careful tasting.
Also focus on lowering your stress levels with a mind to mindfulness and mellowness.
40 cappuccino had a traditionally sharp, Nero taste with a hint of mellowness not always present with its brews - a good combination for me.