\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

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


greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green



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
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


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
\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce Green (audio) \

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

grown, leafy, lush, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant

Synonyms: Noun

flora, foliage, greenery, herbage, leafage, vegetation, verdure

Antonyms: Adjective

barren, leafless

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Examples of green in a Sentence


fields green with meadow grass a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards


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

Summer is a good time to visit Temecula because the vineyards are green and lush. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Need to get out of the Phoenix heat? Cool off with these 10 easy getaways," 10 June 2019 Venezuelan border guards dressed in green uniforms helped to control the crowds. Washington Post, "Venezuela reopens border crossing with Colombia," 9 June 2019 Venezuelan border guards dressed in green uniforms helped to control the crowd. Time, "After 4 Months, Venezuela Reopens Border Crossing With Colombia," 8 June 2019 Early computers sported dark mode by default, in part because black and white cathode-ray-tube monitors displayed white, amber, or green text on their inky black screens. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Do You Really Need Dark Mode?," 8 June 2019 The occasional low tower of a Norman church, or peaked gable roof of a seventeenth-century farmhouse, poked out from behind huddled green copses, and wildflowers were growing in the gravel between the train tracks. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A D Day Journey in the Spirit of A. J. Liebling," 7 June 2019 Maybe milk bread French toast with green apple compote and Chantilly cream. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Why I’ll Be Spending My Entire D.C. Vacation Inside the Line Hotel," 7 June 2019 However, don’t apply it until the grass is green and has been mowed at least twice. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 There’s still a little bit of this mentality where the grass is greener in Europe. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Aside from smaller targets, keeping Pebble’s Poe Annua greens smooth and green is a challenge. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Pebble Beach U.S. Open preview: Can Tiger win and everything else you need to know," 6 June 2019 So, while their individual takes varied slightly, their mutual affinity for grassy tones made one thing clear: like green itself, the couple is focusing on all things prosperity. Vogue, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Know the Secret Power of Wearing Green," 20 May 2019 Drizzle greens lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt. Leah Eskin,, "Late convert to square-foot gardening revels in the revelation," 15 May 2018 Earth Dayarrives on Friday and with it a deluge of information about recycling, planting trees and other great do-gooder activities to green our planet. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "Cool, Small Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Office," 20 Apr. 2011 Understandably unsatisfied with his putting performance, Woods headed to the practice green shortly after the conclusion of his round. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Opens Wells Fargo With Solid Even-Par 71 Despite Putting Woes," 3 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Verdant greens and deep fuchsias drenched the Conservatory grounds. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The New York Botanical Garden Celebrates its Roberto Burle Marx Show With a Jungly Garden Party," 12 June 2019 The Champions Club, overlooking the 18th green, and The Mohegan Sun Club, overlooking holes 16 and 17, are just a couple of the premium options available. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Heading to the 2019 Travelers Championship? Here’s everything you need to know from parking to tickets and who’s playing.," 11 June 2019 This exuberant whirlwind is kept in check with a strong foundation of clear blues, deep greens and polished woods. Abigail Stone,, "h Club is the new club rising above in L.A.," 10 June 2019 The family cattle are penned for the day and a serpentine of fairways and greens are carved into the rolling, bumpy prairie, with distances ranging from 130 to 400 yards. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "For Broncos rookie Dalton Risner, every Father’s Day is a classic," 9 June 2019 The score for whole grains in school meals went from 25 to 95 percent of the maximum score, and the score for greens and beans rose from 21 to 72 percent. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Why is the USDA downplaying good news about this Obama-era school nutrition program?," 7 June 2019 Use as a warm or chilled topping for anything from greens and veggies to spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 My grandmother taught my mom to cook greens and how to comb and braid black hair, my dad already knew plenty about the white world from his travels, his career, his first wife, his affairs, and he was unfazed, besides, this was his world. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 The clear plastic clamshell containers that hold salad greens and berries, a recent addition to Anchorage curbside recycling bins, are now banned again — a casualty of drastic changes in global recycling markets in recent years. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How a decision by the Chinese government reverberates into your Anchorage recycling bin," 6 June 2019

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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 intransitive sense


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

History and Etymology for green

Adjective, Verb, and Noun

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

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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


\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

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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