green cloth


usually capitalized G&C [so called from the green-covered table at which the board originally carried on its business] : a board or court of justice of the British sovereign's household that is composed of the lord steward and his officers and has cognizance of matters of justice in the household with power to correct offenders and keep the peace within the palace
: a layout for gambling

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of green cloth was in the 15th century

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“Green cloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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