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

Those who really believed in the powers of the orgone box/egg also slept on pendulum beds under different colored lights (blue, green) in order to absorb extra stimulated energy. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 That said, Paula Hian’s spring 2018 is all about saturated pastels — blush pink, lemony yellow, and grass green — A-line dresses in shrunken jackets with matching midi-skirts. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 The sign also incorporates about 1,000 feet of red and green neon tubing. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Western Auto sign countdown: Iconic neon beacon to light up KC once more," 10 July 2018 Orange and yellow, green and orange, the actual colors don’t matter as much as just having a nice visual contrast. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The most summery of salads: Tomatoes 2 ways," 4 July 2018 The graduates soon filed into the auditorium, girls through one doorway and boys through another, and took their seats in groups of white and green. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 Anything with shades of red or green do appear to be shades of gray. Southern Living, "10 Things You Should Know About Your Dog," 3 July 2018 People flocked there to pick yellow and green squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans, pickles, zucchini, eggplant, onions and, most popular, strawberries. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun-Sentinel.com, "North Lauderdale Walmart site may get La Brasa restaurant," 2 July 2018 Riders whirl by blue and green flashing lights and disco balls in purple and pink that are more amplified in the night. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Take a look at Toy Story Land at night," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Like a desert oasis in the cold tundra of your fridge, the crisper drawer is the perfect dry environment to keep your salad greens perky. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Keep Your Salad Greens Fresh," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In their place: An updated look that plays off the bright blues, greens and purples in the lobby's frescoes. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "The Biltmore Hotel is transforming for the 21st century. You won't recognize the rooms.," 27 June 2018 Oddly, the turtle in the footage appeared to glow in two colors: green and red. National Geographic, "See Amazing Ocean Creatures That ‘Glow’," 11 June 2018 Corey Pavin won the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on guile and short-game mastery, famously hitting a 4-wood safely onto the green on the 72nd hole to ensure victory. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Can a golfer with limited power still win the U.S. Open?," 9 June 2018 After mid-century modernism’s long reign, some drama is making its way back into interior design—like with the resurgence of statement ceilings and chintz, or the return of colors like green and ochre. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Fringe Benefits: Why Tassels and Trimmings Are Making an Interior Design Comeback," 25 May 2018 Instead, Bystander is designed to look like a graphic novel, the color palette all greens and reds and blues, grand Hyde Park buildings serving as the backdrop. Rachel Stone, The New Republic, "A Video Game That Wants to Stop Sexual Harassment," 15 May 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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