Pronunciation: (mel'ō), [key]
adj., -er, -est,
v., n.

1. soft, sweet, and full-flavored from ripeness, as fruit.
2. well-matured, as wines.
3. soft and rich, as sound, tones, color, or light.
4. made gentle and compassionate by age or maturity; softened.
5. friable or loamy, as soil.
6. mildly and pleasantly intoxicated or high.
7. pleasantly agreeable; free from tension, discord, etc.: a mellow neighborhood.
8. affably relaxed; easygoing; genial: a mellow teacher who is very popular with her students.

v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become mellow.
2. mellow out, Slang.
a. to become detached from worry, strife, stress, etc.; relax: After final exams let's go down to the beach and mellow out.
b. to make more relaxed, agreeable, workable, etc.; soften or smooth: Chopin really mellows me out when I'm feeling tense.

Slang.a state, atmosphere, or mood of ease and gentle relaxation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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