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Origin of mellow

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English mel(o)we, alteration (perhaps by dissimilation, in phrase meruw fruit) of Middle English meruw,Old English meru “soft”

synonym study for mellow

1. See ripe.

OTHER WORDS FROM mellow

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How to use mellow in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mellow

mellow
/ (ˈmɛləʊ) /

adjective
verb
to make or become mellow; soften; mature
(foll by out) to become calm and relaxed or (esp of a drug) to have a calming or relaxing effect on (someone)

Derived forms of mellow

mellowly, adverbmellowness, noun

Word Origin for mellow

C15: perhaps from Old English meru soft (as through ripeness)
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