green

adjective
\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

green

verb
greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green

green

noun

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

(2) : green vegetables

4 : a grassy plain or plot: such as

a : a common or park in the center of a town or village

b : putting green

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

Green

biographical name (1)

Definition of Green (Entry 4 of 6)

Julien or Julian 1900–1998 French novelist

Green

biographical name (2)

Definition of Green (Entry 5 of 6)

William 1873–1952 American labor leader

Green

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

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Other Words from green

Adjective

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

Noun

greeny \ˈgrē-nē \ adjective

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

Haber-Bosch led to the Green Revolution, but the process is anything but green. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Last summer, an independent review of community choice found the program, as compared to SDG&E, would deliver more green energy to San Diegans while costing residents and businesses less over time. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDG&E counter proposal to public-energy alternative still incomplete as elected officials call for vote," 12 July 2018 Staffers wore bright green shirts and could be seen everywhere. Cal Perry, NBC News, "Child separations 'should have never happened,' says emergency manager at Tornillo tent facility," 25 June 2018 The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1, thin and wearing a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, black glasses, a green T-shirt, blue shorts, white socks and work boots. Avery Jennings, Cincinnati.com, "Officials searching for NKY bank robber, getaway driver," 24 June 2018 Carvalho spent the entirety of the game in the back, in a neon green construction shirt. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Portuguese Club Of Hartford Enjoys World Cup Viewing Party In New Britain," 17 June 2018 Kim Sunee also has a great recipe for fried green tomatoes, which go pretty well with gin. Anchorage Daily News, "How Alaska Eats: Make the historic Alaska cocktail (and other local food notes)," 15 June 2018 While Meghan first paid homage to the national color of Ireland (green!), her second look was a classic little black dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Emilia Wickstead Dress Is a Perfect Fit," 10 July 2018 The Celtics issued a statement Sunday lauding his many accomplishments in green. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey dies at 86," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Quality turf fertilizers offered at local garden centers contain adequate nitrogen to re-green your lawn — and often iron to help form green chlorophyll within the blades. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Talking St. Augustine lawns, from seeds to fertilizer," 12 May 2018 While that hasn’t appeared yet, the devotion to comfort-food detail shows up in the sides, the creamy mac and cheese, the fluffy mashed potatoes, the collard greens cooked with smoked ham hocks. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "The Woodsman Tavern and the rise of redneck restaurants," 15 Feb. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ross’s was a bold paisley print, while Noa’s was a darker green with a sheen. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 What to order at Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken This salad consists of a base of greens topped with chicken (raised without antibiotics), fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and toasted pecan pieces. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 Catherine Corson, 50, his mentee in the garden, said while dipping freshly harvested collard greens into a bucket of water. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "At the Haverford YMCA, an obsessive lawyer sweats it out - over a miracle garden | Maria Panaritis," 12 July 2018 Calcium, for instance, will glow orange, barium green, and strontium red. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 Granny raised me on mustard greens, hot water cornbread, and a super-sized portion of Jesus. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Woman’s Search for Salvation, Love, and Family," 14 June 2018 Other classic Gucci motifs, like green and red grosgrain ribbon, pop up in many of the preppier pieces. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "These Clothes Are Only for the Most Stylish Toddlers," 9 July 2018 What to try: Order the tasty fried chicken dinner with cornbread and two sides, such as collard greens and sweet potatoes, or enjoy your fried chicken in a sandwich. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "It's National Fried Chicken Day! Phoenix restaurants for best fried chicken," 6 July 2018 Air on Earth scatters shorter-wavelength light, including most of the blues and greens (which trickle down to us on the planet’s surface), leaving the longer reds to spotlight the moon. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of green

Adjective

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for green

Adjective

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

Verb

see green entry 1

Noun

see green entry 1

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green

adjective

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

green

noun

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

: a color that is like the color of growing grass

greens : the leaves of plants used for food

: a large area covered with growing grass in the center of a town or village

green

adjective
\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

green

noun

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

green

adjective
\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

green

noun

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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