green bean


Definition of green bean

: a kidney bean that is used as a snap bean when the pods are colored green

Examples of green bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

It is said to taste like green beans and can be sautéed or cooked as for summer squash. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 Campbell Soup officials said the New Jersey resident was the driving force behind the popular dish, made with green beans and cream of mushroom soup and topped with crunchy fried onions. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 26 Oct. 2018 Add the green beans and the spaghetti and cook for about 10 minutes more, until the pasta is tender. Laura Washburn, House Beautiful, "Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe: Soup au Pistou," 23 Jan. 2013 Add green beans and blanch until bright green, about 1 minute. Strain and run beans under cold water to halt cooking. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Steak Dinner," 3 Jan. 2019 Boss points out green beans, jackfruit, and kaffir limes used in the coconut-flavored dish called lawar. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Transfer half of dressing to a large bowl and toss with green beans. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "White Bean and Tuna Salad with Basil Vinaigrette," 25 July 2018 Transfer green beans to the ice water to cool; drain and set aside. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Beans with Orange and Almond Gremolata," 24 Oct. 2018 Add green beans and cook until bright green and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Potato Salad Plus Star Power," 2 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'green bean.' 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 bean

1526, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about green bean

Share green bean

Statistics for green bean

Last Updated

11 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for green bean

The first known use of green bean was in 1526

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for green bean

green bean


English Language Learners Definition of green bean

: a type of bean whose long green seed cases are eaten as a vegetable when they are young and tender

green bean


Kids Definition of green bean

: a young long green pod of a bean plant eaten as a vegetable

Comments on green bean

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


the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Add Diction

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!