Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mellow”

mellow

adjective uk   /ˈmel.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

mellow adjective (SMOOTH)

smooth and soft, or not too sharp, bright, new, or rough: mellow flavours mellow sounds mellow autumn sunlightStraight, even and level

mellow adjective (RELAXED)

relaxed and pleasant or not severe: a mellow mood/atmosphere After a few drinks, he became very mellow.Calm and relaxed

mellow

verb uk   /ˈmel.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

mellow verb (BECOME SOFTER)

[I] to become softer and more developed in a pleasing way: The brickwork will mellow over the years so that it blends with the surroundings.Calming and relaxing

mellow verb (BECOME RELAXED)

[I or T] to become more relaxed: She used to be very impatient, but she's mellowed over time. The years have mellowed her.US informal Oh don't be so tough on yourself, Bill - mellow out (= become more relaxed and less severe).Calming and relaxing
(Definition of mellow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mellow?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Calming and relaxing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Calm and quiet topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mellow” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

sling

to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More