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Meaning of “mellow” in the English Dictionary

"mellow" in British English

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mellowadjective

uk   /ˈmel.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/

mellowverb

uk   /ˈmel.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/
(Definition of mellow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mellow" in American English

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mellowadjective

 us   /ˈmel·oʊ/
  • mellow adjective (SMOOTH)

pleasing because of being ​smooth, ​soft, or well ​developed and not too ​sharp, ​bright, new, or ​rough: a mellow ​flavor/​tone
  • mellow adjective (RELAXED)

(of a ​person or ​mood) ​relaxed and ​pleasant: He ​looks mellow on ​stage, but he’s always ​tense before the show.

mellowverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈmel·oʊ/
  • mellow verb [I/T] (SOFTEN)

to ​become more ​pleasing because of ​becoming more ​smooth, ​soft, or well ​developed and less ​sharp, ​bright, new, or ​rough: [I] The ​brightorange of the ​freshpaint mellowed as it ​dried. [T] Those ​medicinalherbs can be ​mixed with more ​appetizingherbs (= ​herbs that ​tastebetter) to mellow ​theirflavors.
  • mellow verb [I/T] (RELAX)

(of a ​person or ​mood) to ​become more ​relaxed and ​pleasant: [I] She used to be very ​impatient, but she’s mellowed.
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