\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color green
2a : covered by green growth or foliage green fields
b : consisting of green plants and usually edible herbage a green salad
c of winter : mild, clement
3a : envious sense 1 used especially in the phrase green with envy
b : marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
4 : not ripened or matured green peaches
5a : 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
7 : fresh, new
8a 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
9 : pleasantly alluring
10a : not fully processed or treated: such as
(1) : freshly sawed green lumber
(2) : not aged green liquor
(3) : not dressed or tanned green hides
b : not in condition for a particular use
green around the gills
: pale or sickly in appearance



Definition of green (Entry 2 of 3)

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
(1) : leafy herbs (such as spinach, dandelions, or Swiss chard) that are cooked as a vegetable
b greens plural : leafy parts of plants for use as decoration
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


greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become green

Other Words from green


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for green

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of green in a Sentence

Adjective fields green with meadow grass a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards Noun a mixture of blues and greens The town green was the center of activity. It took him four shots to get to the green.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His principle here was lawns are expected to be green, but that does not necessarily mean grass. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 18 June 2022 Bird was amused to see of all of the Storm green and yellow around the arena. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 18 June 2022 Her kind, hazel-green eyes carry her smile no matter what. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 17 June 2022 Zine suggested the city could have looked into green infrastructure, or possibly look at a partnership with local universities for uses such as a culinary arts program, or medical research. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 Her expectations of a green and pleasant land were quickly overturned: London was drab and grimy; her classmates at school in Cambridge were snobs who mocked her Caribbean accent. Malcolm Forbes, WSJ, 17 June 2022 The color enhanced Theron’s green eyes and clear skin. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 13 June 2022 According to a news release from sheriff's, Brugere is a white male who is 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 140 pounds, and has green eyes and brown hair. Adam Terro, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2022 Her dark hair was cut bluntly, and her blue-green eyes—smart, pretty, beset by a swoop of black eyeliner—flashed. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His third shot failed to reach the green, and Thomas walked to the fifth tee box with a bogey. Riley Hamel, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 McIlroy needed three shots to hack out of the knee-high fescue near the third green. Eddie Pells, ajc, 18 June 2022 English and Hickok drove just off the edge of the fairway and reached the green with their second shots. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 18 June 2022 Tarren was in the top 25 in approach, shots around the green, and putting, with his day shaped by a remarkable approach on the par-5 eighth hole that positioned him for an easy eagle. Globe Staff,, 17 June 2022 From there, Finau pitched poorly, with the ball going over the green and into the rough, leading to a bogey. Kurt Kragthorpe, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2022 Then, in a scene that fit the day’s uncommon nature, Scheffler had to wait nearly a minute while a turkey sauntered across the 14th green. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 17 June 2022 McIlroy made two straight birdies late in his round to become the first player to reach 4 under, only to miss the ninth green and make his only bogey. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Hedge fund performance improved slightly month over month, although not enough to shift the asset class into the green on a year-to-date basis. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Progressives will have watched the collapse of their legislative and regulatory routes to cut carbon pollution, and the ongoing Republican backlash to corporate activism will foreclose their ability to green even their workplaces. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 The fertilization helps green up the lawn as long as the roots and blades have developed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 This house, quiet as sunlight, grass on the other side of these windows fading from gold to green like a woman taking off her makeup. Cynthia Dewi Oka, The Atlantic, 17 Apr. 2022 If the area does not green up, it is probably caused by chinch bugs. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2022 Pioneering cruise lines are now pursuing a variety of new and more sustainable alternative energy sources to green their fleets, including electric batteries, biofuels and hydrogen fuel cells. CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 That’s mitigating the negative impact - trying to green a tour. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 25 June 2021 But investors, compelled to green their portfolios, are turned off by the mining industry’s huge carbon production. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 At a time when New England should be racing to bring as much clean energy online as possible to green its electricity supply, the grid moved this past week to effectively discourage major wind and solar projects for at least another two years. Globe Staff,, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 sense 3


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

History and Etymology for green

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

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

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\ 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


\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

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

Green biographical name (1)

Definition of Green

 (Entry 1 of 3)

Julien or Julian 1900–1998 French novelist


biographical name (2)

Definition of Green (Entry 2 of 3)

William 1873–1952 American labor leader


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

Definition of Green (Entry 3 of 3)

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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