\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : of the color green
2a : covered by green growth or foliage green fields
b of winter : mild, clement
c : consisting of green plants and usually edible herbage a green salad
3 : pleasantly alluring
5 : not ripened or matured green apples
6 : fresh, new
7a : marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
b : envious sense 1 used especially in the phrase green with envy
8a : not fully processed or treated: such as
(1) : not aged green liquor
(2) : not dressed or tanned green hides
(3) : freshly sawed green lumber
b : not in condition for a particular use
9a : deficient in training, knowledge, or experience green recruits
b : deficient in sophistication and savoir faire : naive was green and credulous
c : not fully qualified for or experienced in a particular function
10a often capitalized : relating to or being an environmentalist political movement
b : concerned with or supporting environmentalism green consumers who practice recycling
c : tending to preserve environmental quality (as by being recyclable, biodegradable, or nonpolluting) greener energy solutions
green around the gills
: pale or sickly in appearance


greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green



Definition of green (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : a color whose hue is somewhat less yellow than that of growing fresh grass or of the emerald or is that of the part of the spectrum lying between blue and yellow
2 : something of a green color
3 : green vegetation: such as
a greens plural : leafy parts of plants for use as decoration

b greens plural

(1) : leafy herbs (such as spinach, dandelions, or Swiss chard) that are cooked as a vegetable
4 : a grassy plain or plot: such as
a : a common or park in the center of a town or village
5 : money especially : greenbacks
6 often capitalized : environmentalist especially : a member of an activist political party focusing on environmental and social issues
7 physics : one of the three colors (see color entry 1 sense 15) that quarks have in the theory of quantum chromodynamics Whereas there is just one kind of electric charge, however, there are three kinds of color charge, usually called red, blue and green. (The names, of course, have nothing to do with colors in the everyday sense.)— Elliott D. Bloom and Gary J. Feldman


biographical name (1)

Definition of Green (Entry 4 of 6)

Julien or Julian 1900–1998 French novelist


biographical name (2)

Definition of Green (Entry 5 of 6)

William 1873–1952 American labor leader


geographical name
\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce Green (audio) \

Definition of Green (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 730 miles (1175 kilometers) long in the western U.S. flowing from the Wind River Range in western Wyoming south into the Colorado River in southeastern Utah
2 city in northeastern Ohio south of Akron population 22,817

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Other Words from green


greenish \ ˈgrē-​nish How to pronounce greenish (audio) \ adjective
greenishness noun
greenly adverb
greenness \ ˈgrē(n)-​nəs How to pronounce greenness (audio) \ noun


greeny \ ˈgrē-​nē How to pronounce greeny (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for green

Synonyms: Adjective

grown, leafy, lush, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant

Synonyms: Noun

flora, foliage, greenery, herbage, leafage, vegetation, verdure

Antonyms: Adjective

barren, leafless

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Examples of green in a Sentence


fields green with meadow grass a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards


a mixture of blues and greens The town green was the center of activity. It took him four shots to get to the green.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Favorite accents for the basic colors are gold, tangerine, orange and pumpkin, and smart combinations will include red and green, orange and black and red and black. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 The rating system is based on colors, with blue being the best, or top mark, followed by green, yellow, orange and finally, red. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Burbank Unified highlights the cost — in dollars — of absenteeism," 27 Aug. 2019 In some cases the harmful algae, which can be blue, vibrant green, brown or red, are mistaken for paint floating on the water. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Dog-killing toxic algae discovered in 3 New York City parks," 26 Aug. 2019 Clean, green, and, natural beauty has come a long way from simply smothering DIY mixtures on your face. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "The 12 Best Clean Beauty Brands Available on Amazon," 23 Aug. 2019 The letters in the logo are no longer green, and classic robot head makes an appearance in an official capacity. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Goodbye Android Q, hello Android 10: Google's dessert-based code names are over," 22 Aug. 2019 So far, the excellent Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have only been available in black, but the other colors announced several months ago — ivory (off-white), moss (green), and navy — are arriving by the end of this month. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Apple will release new colors of its excellent Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds on August 30th," 19 Aug. 2019 Other marine turtle species found here are the loggerhead, hawksbill, green and, the largest of all with a carapace that is often 10 feet long, the leatherback. John Christopher Fine,, "Rejoice as turtles make their return | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019 The world is gradually becoming less green, scientists have found. Scientific American, "Earth Stopped Getting Greener 20 Years Ago," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Later that day, showrunner Justin Booth presented me with one of the sleek monogrammed Under Armour water bottles the cast will be using all season (part of the show’s greening efforts). Breanne L. Heldman,, "I Was Shot From a 'Dangerous Weapon' on the Set of MTV's The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2," 29 Aug. 2019 The species, which can be green as well as brown or black, can grow up to 5 feet in length and weigh up to 17 pounds. Leada Gore |, al, "‘Wild west’ iguana hunting: Florida backs off telling people to kill iguanas ‘whenever possible’," 29 July 2019 The project of greening the military has seen starts and stops through recent years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Report: The U.S. Military Is Creating a Carbon Pollution Bootprint," 26 June 2019 Hotels, with their breakfast spreads and many catered events, are notorious wasters, so WWF investigated ways to green up the buffet line without sacrificing elegance. National Geographic, "Most people waste more food than they think—here's how to fix it," 24 Apr. 2019 One of its massive timepieces, greened with age, looms so large in the windows of the master suite that a bedside alarm feels almost superfluous. New York Times, "Now That’s a City View," 19 July 2019 The developers had green mirrored glass manufactured specifically to match the original building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Downtown Dallas' tallest skyscraper construction project hits a high point on the skyline," 11 July 2019 More than one nursery carried thatching rakes, and every spring, before the grass would even green up, people would be out there bagging up all manner of dead grass. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to make your lilacs bloom like crazy next summer," 20 June 2019 At the same time, Virginia Raggi, the first female mayor of Rome, has spoken passionately about the need for greening the city. Chandran Nair, Quartz, "Religious leaders can kickstart a global anti-plastic movement," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bulls argue that if WeWork stopped expanding now and allowed its locations to mature, dots of green could appear across the map. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Would You Invest In WeWork? Here’s the Bull and Bear Case Before Its IPO," 1 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the caterpillars that turn into Black Swallowtails are busy chomping through the lacy leaves of carrot plants, Queen Anne’s Lace and the parsley that spills from my herb garden — curly, waving stems of green. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: The miracle of metamorphosis another of Mother Nature’s lessons," 1 Sep. 2019 Some will be happy with their draw (Manchester City), whilst others will be left cursing their luck and telling everyone within earshot that their team never gets the rub of the green., "10 of the Best Group Stage Games to Look Forward to in This Season's Champions League," 30 Aug. 2019 Lots of green for Greenland: How much would the US have to pay for Greenland? Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trump is pushing the Fed for a big rate cut. But would it help or hurt the economy?," 20 Aug. 2019 The sudden storm turned summer into almost winter in just minutes, with a dusting of white covering what had been lush summer pastures of green., "Egan Bernal storms into Tour de France yellow amid icy chaos," 26 July 2019 Shade areas are enhanced by selecting various shades of green, silver, black and golden foliage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couple turn east side party house into historically appropriate home with lush gardens," 25 July 2019 In this case the farm, which grows hundreds of varieties of leafy greens including heirloom varieties, is entirely indoors with no soil or natural light to speak of. Alicia Dunn, Fortune, "Speeding the Journey from Startup to ‘Change the World’ Company," 20 Aug. 2019 Stock up on dark leafy greens like kale and baby spinach, then mix and match. Denise Drower Swidey,, "Healthy hacks and 2 recipes to help keep your good eating habits on track," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of green


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for green

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

Middle English grene, from Old English grēne; akin to Old English grōwan to grow

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English Language Learners Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the color of growing grass
: covered by green grass or other plants
: consisting of green plants or of the leaves of plants



English Language Learners Definition of green (Entry 2 of 2)

: a color that is like the color of growing grass
: the leaves of plants used for food
: a large area covered with growing grass in the center of a town or village


\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \
greener; greenest

Kids Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of the color of grass : colored green a green shirt
2 : covered with green plant growth green fields
3 : made of green plants or of the leafy parts of plants a green salad
4 : not ripe green bananas
5 : not fully processed, treated, or seasoned green lumber
6 : lacking training or experience green troops
7 : jealous sense 2 green with envy
8 : supporting the protection of or helping to protect the environment green activists green household products



Kids Definition of green (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a color between blue and yellow : the color of growing grass
2 greens plural : leafy parts of plants used for food
3 : a grassy plain or plot the village green


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Medical Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of the color green
2 of a wound : being recently incurred and unhealed
3 : marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
4 of hemolytic streptococci : tending to produce green pigment when cultured on blood media



Medical Definition of green (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a color whose hue is somewhat less yellow than that of growing fresh grass or of the emerald or is that of the part of the spectrum lying between blue and yellow
2 : a pigment or dye that colors green — see janus green

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