\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

Essential Meaning of green

1 : having the color of growing grass green leaves a green sweater
2 : covered by green grass or other plants green fields
3 : consisting of green plants or of the leaves of plants a green salad

Full Definition of green

 (Entry 1 of 6)

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 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
(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 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green


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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Residents should not bring paper that can be safely recycled in their green container. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 After consulting with the U.N. refugee agency, officials decided to have a volunteer carry the red, green and black Afghan flag in the opening ceremony. Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 High heat can cause tomatoes that do set to ripen to be pink or orange-y instead of red, or even to be red outside but green inside. Pam Peirce, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 For the Tusau Kesu ritual, there is a special white fabric, which symbolizes a bright road, and three colored ropes: white for purity, green for health and longevity, and red for prosperity. Emma Love, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 An area of green fields and mud compounds, Sangin remained almost entirely in the Taliban’s control nearly a decade into the U.S.-led war. Claire Galofaro And Russ Bynum, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 The color that mattered most wasn’t black or white but green., 25 Aug. 2021 On Monday, Kenneth Walker III, who played against MSU in that Pinstripe Bowl, was among the new faces in green and white, a transfer competing for a key role in an offense looking for a significant jumpstart. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2021 The 1950s version could be worn with yellow, white or green pants. Richard Ryman, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On 18, Gunthorpe pulled another drive and then flew the green on his approach while Elliott had no trouble reaching the putting surface and par was conceded. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2021 This shade of green was inspired by the bright, cheery look of traditional east-facing breakfast rooms. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2021 One hole later, on No. 1, Watson flew the green by some 60 feet and needed four more shots to limp away with a double bogey. Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 The low-flying ball cleared the water and rolled onto the green, 15 feet from the pin, although Smith missed his birdie chance. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 Look: Cupp’s already running down the fairway, about to hit her second shot to the green. Jason Gay, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 The foursome was finishing the seventh, one hole away from Irwin, when Gray loudly urged a teammate to sink the putt to spare her from walking across the green. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 And in a first for the brand, the white Quartz TPT stripes have been inlaid into the green at 12 and 6 o’clock. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 16 July 2021 Jasmine also sees herself a little better on the greens and her brother having an edge on the shot into the green. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wealthy tourists, retirees and vacation-home owners will bring in jobs and tax revenue, and, like the sprinklers at resorts, green the whole place up. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Jackson had originally pitched Lord of the Rings as two movies, out of fear that no studio would green-light a full trilogy. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2021 The uneven and patchwork way that schools find the resources to green their schools could end with a new federal policy. Diana Budds, Curbed, 23 July 2021 But many such bus lines in the United States are more basic, largely involving stops that are further apart and technology that changes stop lights to green as buses approach., 24 July 2021 The European Union unveiled a mammoth new plan to control carbon emissions, while Beijing rolled out an emissions-trading scheme and the U.K. released a plan to green up transportation. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 15 July 2021 The House approved a resolution Wednesday that would green-light the creation of a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. Mariam Khan, ABC News, 30 June 2021 Earlier this year, marsh grasses and other vegetation the researchers had planted were just starting to green up, giving Gedan hope. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 17 June 2021 Many environmental groups have been pinning their hopes on that policy, which aims to green the power sector by incentivizing lower-carbon generation to achieve 80 percent clean energy by 2030. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 16 June 2021

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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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More Definitions for green


\ 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

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