\ 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 For apple scab, do one spray now while the tree is dormant and the tips of the buds are green. oregonlive, "Now’s the time for pruning and spraying apple trees: Here are some tips," 11 Feb. 2020 Other fields that used to be green with alfalfa now sit dry with their center-pivot systems standing among weeds. Ian James, azcentral, "Mohave County leaders ask state to help safeguard declining groundwater," 9 Feb. 2020 Buttigieg is too green, Biden argued, stating his mayoral experience does not fit the challenges awaiting a post-MAGA administration. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates prepare for New Hampshire debate," 7 Feb. 2020 There are numerous international organisations like the International Labour Organisation and International Renewable Energy Agency which claim that green jobs (like solar and wind jobs) can replace fossil fuel industry jobs. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "India needs nearly 30 times more solar power to phase out coal jobs," 6 Feb. 2020 The future is green for former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, "ESPN prepping offer to make Tony Romo highest-paid sportscaster in history, report says," 13 Jan. 2020 The skies had just cleared, and the new grass in Washington Square was as green as springtime. Carl Nolte,, "Of all San Francisco’s special places, North Beach remains the heart of the city," 21 Dec. 2019 How green is their valley — and then Fani hears the distant sound of a fighter plane. Darren Franich,, "A Hidden Life is the full Terrence Malick experience, vital even when it's glacial: Review," 12 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Serena also incorporated shades of green into the collection, including a two-shade fitted dress that truly stole the show. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams Shows New York Fashion Week 2020 Collection," 14 Feb. 2020 From Tokyo to London and points closer to home, there's a lot of green on the boards today. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Jail, with the chance of being drowned’—more turmoil at sea for the virus-stricken cruise ship sector," 12 Feb. 2020 Michele painted the Florence restaurant an arresting shade of green that has left reviewers reaching for adjectives: Pea? Joshua Levine, WSJ, "And the Award for Oscar-Season Watering Hole Goes to...Gucci," 7 Feb. 2020 Here and there, structures rose above the sea of green — an elegant brick tower mid-construction, an abstract pavilion of clay, and a long, black, rectangular building that looked like a modernist museum. Freda Moon, New York Times, "Mexico’s Last Countercultural Coast," 3 Feb. 2020 Simpson two-putted for birdie from the fringe on the short par-4 17th and made a 17-footer for birdie from the edge of the green on the 18th., "Webb Simpson bests Tony Finau in playoff to win the Phoenix Open," 2 Feb. 2020 Streetwear queen Billie Eilish brought her signature shade of neon green to the Grammys red carpet on Sunday. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Billie Eilish Elevates Her Neon in Custom Gucci at Grammys," 26 Jan. 2020 The small land of green, rolling hills and beautiful rock formations is located three miles off the tip of Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "A small island off the coast of Ireland is looking for two people to run its coffee shop," 16 Jan. 2020 Chinese researchers found the health benefits associated with tea were more pronounced for drinkers of green, rather than black tea, and for those who had been drinking tea regularly over a longer period of time. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Drinking green tea, rather than black, may help you live longer, new study suggests," 9 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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 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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