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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)


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
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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

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 MnDOT lights the bridge for major holidays, for example, orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, and bright pink for Mother’s Day. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Who decides when the I-35W bridge is lit in color, and how is it done?," 4 Sep. 2020 French fighter jets soared above the city in formation, trailing red and green smoke. Washington Post, "The limits of Macron’s influence in Lebanon," 2 Sep. 2020 The candles are red, green, and black, each with a different meaning. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "When is Kwanzaa? Here's When To Start Your 2020 Celebration.," 1 Sep. 2020 The initial version of the stoplight feature would slow down whether a traffic signal was red or green. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s slow self-driving progress continues with green light warning," 31 Aug. 2020 Past the entrance, a tunnel leads to the main house's front door with a blue, red, green, and purple mural surrounding it. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Underground House in Texas Is for Sale, and It’s Super Colorful," 28 Aug. 2020 Singh created an abstract vision of swirling, multicolored lines – blue, red, green, black, pink – against a butterscotch-yellow background, with orange flames below., "10 bus shelters in West Hartford coming alive with murals," 21 Aug. 2020 Now color each dot using any of four colors: red, green, white or black. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020 The red-and-white flag has been taken up by the anti-Lukashenka protesters and has been replacing the official red-and-green flag all over the country. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "“We Were Locked Up in One Country and Released Into Another”: Horror and Hope as Protests in Belarus Continue," 18 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most of the year, the green from the chlorophyll overpowers the carotenoids, says Heberling, but in the fall, as the chlorophyll starts to break down, all those bright, tawny colors start to show. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why trees ditch their leaves each fall?," 20 Sep. 2020 DeChambeau immediately found trouble, bogeying on the first green because of three putts. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Matthew Wolff Leads Bryson DeChambeau at U.S. Open as Power Paves the Way," 19 Sep. 2020 After winning the playoff opener last week at Darlington Raceway, Kevin Harvick earns the pole and will lead the field to green. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "NASCAR playoffs 2020: Schedule, lineup, TV and more for Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway," 12 Sep. 2020 Both competitors missed the green in regulation, but Grady saved par with 12-footer and Sovero halved the hole with an 8-footer. Craig Clary,, "First-time club champion, hole-in-one highlight Labor Day at Rolling Road Golf Club," 9 Sep. 2020 Snapped about 12 feet up, her winds deposited it across the hiking trail, the pine needles on the branches still a healthy green. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Big Thicket hiking trails appear to be no worse for the wear after Laura’s close call," 31 Aug. 2020 And the rally shows no signs of fading as Asian stocks, led by a bullish investment from Warren Buffett, push global equities into the green. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Buffett’s big bet on Japan sends global stocks higher," 31 Aug. 2020 The weird was on display Saturday when Jon Rahm picked up his ball on the fifth green without marking it. Teddy Greenstein,, "Column: Knothole gang checks out 3rd-round action at the BMW Championship — and sees way more bogeys than birdies," 29 Aug. 2020 Outside, face masks in Tulane's green and gold are the new obligatory fashion item. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Forget the 2020 election. Let's talk 2024," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For instance, red could mean no touching and staying six feet away from others, while yellow might mean keep masks on at all times, and green completely open to hugs and handshakes. Claire Ballentine,, "How to Attend a Wedding (or Not) During a Pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 But whether the Trump administration and Chinese officials can green-light a deal that's satisfactory to both sides in half a month is an open question. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "TikTok's sale is a race against time," 31 Aug. 2020 While electricity and heat generation together make up a quarter of global emissions, and will be relatively easy to green up, a big chunk of other emissions will be much harder to reform. Matt Simon, Wired, "Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won't Fix Climate Change," 7 Aug. 2020 Other counties moving to green next week will be Lehigh and Northampton in the Lehigh Valley; Erie County, where local officials have pressed for looser restrictions; Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties in the northeast; and Berks and Lancaster. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 Latimesplants offers a slew of stories and ideas to green your life, including what to plant in your garden during these scary times and how to create a victory garden. Los Angeles Times, "Your Earth Day 2020 guide: Take this Earth Quiz. Download NASA posters. See Zac Efron.," 22 Apr. 2020 While talks between the player’s union and the league are ongoing, some states have green-lighted or started discussing potential start dates. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "Rangers broadcaster Dave Raymond is remaining optimistic about MLB season’s outlook," 18 May 2020 Investments in transmission, charging stations for electric vehicles and public transportation could green the U.S. economy considerably. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "5 Ways the Economic Upheaval of Coronavirus May Impact CO2 Emissions," 6 Apr. 2020 The snow is melting, trees are starting to green up and the Alaska summer is approaching fast. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring weather is pulling Alaskans outside, but virus precautions are still in play," 7 May 2020

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

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce Green (audio)

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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