\ ˈgrēn \

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from green


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


greeny \ ˈgrē-​nē \ 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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The green-to-violet portion of the light spectrum gets filtered out, while the red, orange, and yellow wavelengths remain. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 There were strings of all-green bulbs and strings of all blue — a personal favorite — hastily bunched into grapefruit-sized galaxies. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 The day that Affleck headed to rehab, Sexton was snapped on the beaches of Malibu rocking an olive-green bikini and enjoying a relaxing a day in the sun. Fox News, "Ben Affleck's rumored gal pal Shauna Sexton reportedly visits star upon his return to rehab," 2 Oct. 2018 Brooks found new chairs and helped Melanie select the dining room’s blue-green seagrass wall covering. Sally A. Downey,, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 There's Lauren B's Stonewall Inn, a dazzling display of red and green glitter, and Smith & Cult's grown up canary-and-gold concoction that has the power to compete against any dance floor disco. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Glitter Manicure Shades for Sparkly Days and Starry Nights," 30 Dec. 2018 Last year, Kate surprised fans in a gorgeous red and green plaid coat with gold buttons and a furry black hat. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore Head-to-Toe Navy at the Christmas Day Church Service With the Royal Family," 25 Dec. 2018 And don't worry about sticking to traditional red and green colorways, either. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Designer Scot Meacham Wood Decorates His Home For Christmas," 19 Dec. 2018 These buttery shortbread cookies are best when paired with a cup of tea (or a holiday cocktail). Instead of using cookie cutters, simply cute these red and green treats into bite-size pieces. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Recipe for Christmas Shortbread Bites," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drizzle greens lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt. Leah Eskin,, "Late convert to square-foot gardening revels in the revelation," 15 May 2018 Earth Dayarrives on Friday and with it a deluge of information about recycling, planting trees and other great do-gooder activities to green our planet. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "Cool, Small Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Office," 20 Apr. 2011 Understandably unsatisfied with his putting performance, Woods headed to the practice green shortly after the conclusion of his round. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Opens Wells Fargo With Solid Even-Par 71 Despite Putting Woes," 3 May 2018 Another great way to green your wedding and save money? Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways To Save Cash By Making Your Wedding Gorgeous And Green," 16 June 2017 Olson sees a more existential value in greening up death care. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 The lawn greens up again as soon as the rains restart. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Drought restrictions and options for parched yards," 8 June 2018 Olson sees a more existential value in greening up death care. Emily Atkin, WIRED, "The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die," 17 June 2018 Other city agencies and local nonprofits have turned to greening these buildings and lots, creating urban farms, pocket parks, and community gardens. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The high cost of abandoned property, and how cities can push back," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The soft seafoam green of the paper works well with the gray-toned, subdued palette of the space; it's eye-catching but not overwhelming. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Need Wall Art Ideas? Try Framing A Piece Of Wallpaper," 23 Jan. 2019 Sarah and Eric’s thriving careers will keep them off the golf greens in the coming months, though. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Star Eric Christian Olsen and His Wife Sarah Wright Are the Cutest Couple Ever," 20 Jan. 2019 This was always eaten on New Year's Day, a tradition steeped in ancestral history where each component has a meaning: the black-eyed peas for prosperity, the greens for wealth, the cornbread for health and nourishment. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Read Meghan Markle's Emotional Foreword to 'Together: Our Community Cookbook'," 19 Sep. 2018 The green hue inside the white outline is almost certainly a reference to the colored buttons on the white and mint Pixels; the black phone shows gray instead of the green. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google reveals Pixel 3 colors: mint, white, and black," 14 Sep. 2018 Aikens had trouble finding the green on the back nine and Frodigh increased his lead to to 4-up with four holes remaining. Mia Berry,, "Patrick Frodigh captures MassAm golf championship," 13 July 2018 The 2001 PGA Championship winner was 2 under before missing the green on the par-3 eighth, starting a run of three straight bogeys and four in five holes. Andrew Seligman,, "Illinois golf coach Mike Small tied for lead in Senior Players Championship at Exmoor," 12 July 2018 After that, players are faced with a decision to either lay-up or go for the green and carry the pond lurking just in front. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Math like this is what has driven a substantial recent shift in opinion among greens about the wisdom of keeping existing nuclear plants open. David Roberts, Vox, "For the first time, a major US utility has committed to 100% clean energy," 5 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'green.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about green

Dictionary Entries near green

Greek wave






green acid

Statistics for green

Last Updated

7 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for green

The first known use of green was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for green



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 \
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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on green

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for green

Spanish Central: Translation of green

Nglish: Translation of green for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of green for Arabic Speakers

Comments on green

What made you want to look up green? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!