\ 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 : consisting of green plants and usually edible herbage a green salad
c of winter : mild, clement
3a : envious sense 1 used especially in the phrase green with envy
b : marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
4 : not ripened or matured green peaches
5a : 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
7 : fresh, new
8a 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
9 : pleasantly alluring
10a : not fully processed or treated: such as
(1) : freshly sawed green lumber
(2) : not aged green liquor
(3) : not dressed or tanned green hides
b : not in condition for a particular use
green around the gills
: pale or sickly in appearance



Definition of green (Entry 2 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
(1) : leafy herbs (such as spinach, dandelions, or Swiss chard) that are cooked as a vegetable
b greens plural : leafy parts of plants for use as decoration
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


greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 3 of 6)


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
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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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Infections of the urethra can cause discharge that tends to be yellowish-green and thick or clear and thin, the Merck Manual says. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Is It a UTI or Yeast Infection? Here's How to Tell the Difference," 3 Feb. 2020 Transition risk refers to the possibility that companies may get left behind as the world goes green–the industry driven out of business by new regulation, for example, or the technology made obsolete by new advances. Justin Worland, Time, "The Finance Industry Groggily Awakens to Climate Change," 30 Jan. 2020 The 332-yard hole, which can entice golfers to go for the green off the tee but has plenty of trouble spots lurking, is sandwiched between that rambunctious 16th and golfers' last chance. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Waste Management Phoenix Open offers high rewards on hole 17 who those who survive 16," 28 Jan. 2020 Depending on their levels of salinization and types of algae, other marshes were green, golden yellow, or brown. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerial Photos From a Hang Glider," 27 Jan. 2020 The problem for them is not that growth is insufficiently green or inclusive or in touch with its own feelings; the problem is growth itself. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 Another unique feature Khan mentioned are the solar panels on the roof of the hotel for green, planet-friendly energy. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Holiday Inn & Suites celebrates its Willowbrook facility with community event," 22 Jan. 2020 The light was green for Cardenas and red for Graves, the officer told the grand jury. oregonlive, "Eagle Point to pay $4.5 million to settle suit filed by parents of man shot and killed by police after alleged jaywalking offense," 21 Jan. 2020 Obviously in the running back room, those guys will be pretty green. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Everything Ryan Day said to recap the 2019 season: Ohio State football news," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Along with the aforementioned mackerel, there are fermented mustard greens, charged with a housemade chile oil zapped with numbing Sichuan pepper, among other heat sources. Washington Post, "Emilie’s, from chef Kevin Tien, brings some good news to the Hill," 5 Feb. 2020 What do leafy greens, atoms and fire all have in common? Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronaut Christina Koch spent a record-breaking 328 days in space. Here's what she did," 5 Feb. 2020 Offered in a range of fun hues, including lime green, candy pink, and deep purple, its color palette was influenced by neon casino lights and poker chips among other gambling motifs. Sara Radin,, "Parade’s Newest Underwear Collection Is Silky Mesh," 4 Feb. 2020 This movie shows immune cells, labeled to glow green, moving within a regenerating axolotl fingertip. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 His clothing was all dull greens and dirty browns, allowing him to blend in seamlessly with leaf and limb. David Canfield,, "Dave Matthews teams with children's author Clete Barrett Smith for fantasy novel," 29 Jan. 2020 Below Anzaldúa, slightly submerged in the river and lightly tapping the edge of the dock, was a green, deflated raft - used by a family of asylum-seekers who had recently crossed before Border Patrol arrested them. Silvia Foster-frau,, "Private border wall in the Rio Grande Valley meets wide opposition — including the Trump administration," 24 Jan. 2020 The print has pinks, purples, greens, blues and taupes. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With bright colors and a love for wallpaper, Whitefish Bay interior designer livens up her 1930s cream city brick house," 23 Jan. 2020 An equally tasty and slightly healthier accompaniment would be the stir fry collard greens ($4.95), which are cooked quickly, maintaining a brightness that is complemented by the sweet onions, peppers and mushrooms. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Juicy burgers? Check. Mouthwatering hot dogs? Check. This spot in Shelby Park has it all," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many plans for greening transportation, buildings and industry call for replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Utilities’ Big Promises on CO2 Questioned by Analysts," 25 Sep. 2019 Soon after, Groh and her husband started Verdi Gras, an organization dedicated to greening the holiday. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "It's time to rethink Mardi Gras—without tons of plastic beads," 22 Feb. 2019 The brothers, however, hope to one day get the yaupon for their products from farmers, as Florida agriculture faces challenges such as the devastation of the citrus industry by greening disease. Austin Fuller,, "Yaupon ‘tea’ grows wild in Florida and could help struggling citrus farmers someday," 15 Aug. 2019 Baby greens with walnuts, beets, goat cheese and honey white-balsamic vinaigrette. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 Tap into one of fall’s biggest trends with a quilted coat: This military green Barbour collaboration with Alexa Chung is the winter coat equivalent of cozying up in a comforter. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "New Year, New Winter Coat: 15 On-Sale Styles to Shop Before They’re Gone," 27 Dec. 2019 After miners left West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain in the 1980s, there was an effort to green the coal mining sites to comply with federal law. Washington Post, "Difficult but rewarding work: Planting trees to aid climate," 3 Dec. 2019 Oil titans like Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Equinor ASA and Total SA have all announced plans to green their operations and cut emissions. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Can A Big Oil Company Go Carbon-Free?," 6 Dec. 2019 After miners left West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain in the 1980s, there was an effort to green the coal mining sites to comply with U.S. law. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Restoring forests 1 tree at a time, to help repair climate," 30 Sep. 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 sense 3


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

History and Etymology for green

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

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

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The first known use of green was before the 12th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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