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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pleasing)
a. suave
Let the whiskey sit on your palate so you can appreciate that mellow, caramel flavor.Deja el whisky un rato en tu paladar para que puedas apreciar ese sabor suave y acaramelado.
This squash soup has a mellow, buttery flavor.Esta sopa de calabaza tiene un sabor suave y mantecoso.
b. delicado
For a young wine, this tempranillo is surprisingly mellow.A pesar de ser un vino joven, este tempranillo es sorprendentemente delicado.
2. (well-aged)
a. añejo
After dinner we decided to have a glass of mellow whiskey as a digestif.Después de la cena decidimos tomar una copa de whisky añejo como digestivo.
A word or phrase that is no longer used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another era (e.g. thou).
a. maduro
The children filled the baskets with mellow fruit from their grandfather's orchard.Los niños llenaron las cestas con fruta madura de la huerta de su abuelo.
4. (soothing)
a. dulce
The police officer had a resonant but mellow voice that instantly deflated the conflict.El policía tenía una voz resonante pero dulce que pacificó el conflicto inmediatamente.
b. melodioso
The sound of Miles Davis's trumpet is at times mellow and at others cutting.El sonido de la trompeta de Miles Davis es unas veces melodioso y otras estridente.
c. suave
They always play very mellow background music at my doctor's office.Siempre ponen una música de fondo muy suave en el consultorio de mi médico.
5. (subtle)
a. tenue
Everyone enjoyed the mellow lighting of the restaurant.A todos nos gustó el alumbrado tenue del restaurante.
b. suave
The beach was bathed in the mellow late-afternoon light.La playa estaba bañada de una luz suave en el atardecer.
6. (easygoing)
a. apacible
I like hanging out with my friend Clay because he's so easy-going and mellow.Me gusta ir a pasar el rato con mi amigo Clay porque es de trato fácil y apacible.
b. sosegado
It's good to have a leader who is mellow and even-keeled.Es bueno tener un líder que sea sosegado y equilibrado.
c. afable
We are seeking a mellow, caring nanny to watch our children.Buscamos una niñera afable y cariñosa para cuidar a nuestros hijos.
7. (free from tension)
a. relajado
Cristina told him that she wasn't bored but just feeling mellow.Cristina le dijo que no estaba aburrida sino que se sentía relajada.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
8. (to mature)
a. añejarse
The flavor of this Bordeaux will become more complex as it mellows.El sabor de este vino de Burdeos se volverá más complejo a medida que se añeje.
9. (to become less intense)
a. suavizarse
The light in the banquet hall mellowed as the candles slowly burned out.La luz en la sala de banquetes se suavizó a medida que las velas se iban extinguiendo.
10. (to become calmer)
a. sosegarse
The boy stopped crying and began to mellow once he got his toy back.El niño dejó de llorar y empezó a sosegarse cuando le devolvieron su juguete.
b. endulzarse
Our dog has mellowed now that she's grown accustomed to her environment.Nuestra perrita se ha endulzado ahora que ya se acostumbró al nuevo ambiente.
c. suavizarse
My father used to have anger problems, but he has mellowed with age.Mi padre solía tener arranques de ira, pero con la edad se le ha suavizado el carácter.
11. (to tone down)
a. moderarse
Some progressives complain that the radical politician's views have mellowed.Algunos progresistas se quejan de que las opiniones del político radical se han moderado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
12. (to moderate)
a. suavizar
Married life has mellowed the once rowdy young man.La vida matrimonial le ha suavizado el carácter al antes rebelde joven.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
As age mellows people, they become more thoughtful.Cuanto más afables hace la vejez a las personas, más consideradas se vuelven.
My wife and I fight less as age has mellowed us both.Mi mujer y yo reñimos menos ahora que la edad nos ha limado las aristas.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (flavor)
a. delicado(a)
2. (wine)
a. añejo(a)
3. (voice, color)
a. suave
4. (person)
a. apacible, sosegado(a)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (flavor)
a. ganar (con el tiempo)
6. (wine)
a. añejarse
7. (voice, light)
a. suavizarse
8. (person)
a. serenarse, sosegarse
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mellow [ˈmeləʊ]
mellower (comparative)mellowest (superlative)
1 (pleasant, smooth) [+wine, whisky] suave; añejo; [+fruit] maduro; dulce; [+colour, light] suave y dorado; tenue y dorado; [+instrument] melodioso; [+voice, tone, sound] dulce; meloso
2 [+person] (calm) apacible; sosegado
he has grown more mellow over the years los años le han suavizado el carácter; se ha vuelto más afable con los años
to be mellow (after eating, drinking) estar relajado; to get mellow (tipsy) achisparse (informal); to be in a mellow mood sentirse relajado
intransitive verb
1 (soften)
he has mellowed with age los años le han suavizado el carácter; con los años se ha vuelto más afable
2 (relax) relajarse
3 [+wine, whisky] añejarse; [+fruit] madurar; [+colour, light, voice, character] suavizarse; [+views] moderarse
to mellow with age [+wine, whisky] mejorar con los años
transitive verb
1 (soften)
old age has mellowed him la vejez le ha suavizado el carácter or lo ha hecho más afable
2 (relax) relajar
the rum began to mellow her
3 [+wine] añejar
aging mellows the wine contact with the oak mellows the wine
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