What does mellow mean?

Definitions for mellow
ˈmɛl oʊmel·low

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word mellow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. laid-back, mellowadjective

    unhurried and relaxed

    "a mellow conversation"

  2. mellow, mellowedadjective

    having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging

    "a mellow port"; "mellowed fruit"

  3. mellow, mellowedadjective

    having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience

    "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age"

  4. mellowadjective

    having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience

    "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age"

  5. high, mellowverb

    slightly and pleasantly intoxicated from alcohol or a drug (especially marijuana)

  6. mellowverb

    soften, make mellow

    "Age and experience mellowed him over the years"

  7. mellow, melt, mellow outverb

    become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial

    "With age, he mellowed"

  8. mellowadverb

    make or grow (more) mellow

    "These apples need to mellow a bit more"; "The sun mellowed the fruit"

  9. mellowly, mellowadverb

    (obsolete) in a mellow manner


  1. mellownoun

    A relaxed mood.

  2. mellowverb

    To become mellow.

  3. mellowverb

    To relax or soften.

  4. mellowadjective

    Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple.

  5. mellowadjective

    Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil.

  6. mellowadjective

    Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued, soft, rich, delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc.

  7. mellowadjective

    Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.

  8. mellowadjective

    Relaxed; calm; easygoing; laid-back.

  9. mellowadjective

    Warmed by liquor, slightly intoxicated; or, stoned, high.

  10. Etymology: From melowe, melwe, variant of merow, merwe, from meru, mearu, from marwaz, from mer(w)-. Cognate with meru, mürbe, meyrr (whence meyr).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mellowadjective

    Etymology: mearwa , soft, Saxon, Stephen Skinner: more nearly from mollis, molle, mollow, mellow; though r is indeed easily changed into l in common speech.

    A storm, or robbery, call it what you will,
    Shook down my mellow hangings, nay, my leaves. William Shakespeare.

    An apple in my hand works different effects upon my senses: my eye tells me it is green; my nose, that it hath a mellow scent; and my taste, that it is sweet. Digby.

    A little longer,
    And nature drops him down without your sin,
    Like mellow fruit, without a winter storm. Dryden.

    Of seven smooth joints a mellow pipe I have,
    Which with his dying breath Damætas gave. Dryden.

    Camomile sheweth mellow grounds fit for wheat. Francis Bacon.

    Greedy of physicians frequent fees,
    From female mellow praise he takes degrees. Wentworth Dillon.

    In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow,
    Thou’rt such a testy, touchy, pleasant fellow;
    Hast so much wit, and mirth, and spleen about thee,
    There is no living with thee, nor without thee. Addison.

  2. To Mellowverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Lord Aubrey Vere
    Was done to death, and more than so, my father;
    Even in the downfal of his mellow’d years. William Shakespeare.

    The royal tree hath left us royal fruit,
    Which mellow’d by the stealing hours of time,
    Will well become the seat of majesty. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    On foreign mountains may the sun refine
    The grape’s soft juice, and mellow it to wine. Addison.

    They plow in the wheat stubble in December; and if the weather prove frosty to mellow it, they do not plow it again till April. John Mortimer, Husb.

    This episode is not only now the most pleasing entertainment of the Æneis, but was so accounted in his own age, and before it was mellowed into that reputation which time has given it. Dryden.

  3. To Mellowverb

    To be matured; to ripen.

    Though no stone tell thee what I was, yet thou
    In my grave’s inside see’st, what thou art now;
    Yet thou’rt not yet so good, till us death lay
    To ripe and mellow there, we’re stubborn clay. John Donne.


  1. mellow

    Mellow generally refers to something or someone being soft, gentle, relaxed, smooth or soothing, often after maturing or aging. It can be used to describe various things, such as music, personality, flavor, or color. It can also refer to a calm and peaceful state of mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mellow

    soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple

  2. Mellow

    easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil

  3. Mellow

    not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued; soft; rich; delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc

  4. Mellow

    well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial

  5. Mellow

    warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated

  6. Mellowverb

    to make mellow

  7. Mellowverb

    to become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows

  8. Etymology: [OE. melwe; cf. AS. mearu soft, D. murw, Prov. G. mollig soft, D. malsch, and E. meal flour.]


  1. Mellow

    Mellow is the second album by Maria Mena. Released in Norway as a counterpart to her US album White Turns Blue, it was accompanied by the single "You're the Only One". The album was produced by Arvid Solvang.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mellow

    mel′ō, adj. soft and ripe: well matured: soft to the touch, palate, ear, &c.: genial: half-tipsy.—v.t. to soften by ripeness or age: to mature.—v.i. to become soft: to be matured.—adv. Mell′owly.—n. Mell′owness, softness: maturity.—adj. Mell′owy, soft: friable. [A.S. mearu, soft; Dut. murw, mollig, L. mollis, Gr. malakos.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mellow is ranked #36630 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Mellow surname appeared 610 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Mellow.

    86.5% or 528 total occurrences were White.
    5.9% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.4% or 33 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mellow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mellow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of mellow in a Sentence

  1. Siphiwe Sibeko/File PhotoPresident Cyril Ramaphosa:

    A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest, the trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force.

  2. John:

    Gruyere is a very fine cheese that has a rather mellow texture. It is commonly used to euxanthate a dish rather than overpower the flavors.

  3. Martin Thomas Barrett:

    He was a gentleman. He was sweet. He just had a nice, mellow mannerism to him.

  4. Jonah Hill:

    I still write and direct and get all my projects in order and stuff. But then I also surf every day, i make myself surf every day. I don't know if dropping out is kind of the accurate word, but I kind of dropped out a little bit. I still love my creativity and my work. But I definitely live a very quiet lifestyle, where I surf, hang with my dog, hang with my nephews. Just keep it mellow.

  5. Kristin Watson:

    That has really, really helped mellow him out and be able to chill while we’re driving, it also helps great with his hips, because he’s getting older. So hopping in and out of the bus, he can do it so much better since we started giving him that.

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