Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective mellow pronunciation in British English /ˈmeləʊ/
Word Forms
  1. 2
    soft and warm in colour
    mellow greys and greens
  2. 3
    with a soft, smooth, and pleasant sound
    the sweet mellow tones of a guitar
  3. 4
    with a smooth full taste
    a mellow whisky aged in wood
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 5
    gentle, wise, and easy to talk to, especially because of age and experience
    He had grown mellow with age.


used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog