green

adjective
\ 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

green

verb
greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green

green

noun

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

Green

biographical name (1)

Definition of Green (Entry 4 of 6)

Julien or Julian 1900–1998 French novelist

Green

biographical name (2)

Definition of Green (Entry 5 of 6)

William 1873–1952 American labor leader

Green

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

Adjective

greenish \ ˈgrē-​nish How to pronounce greenish (audio) \ adjective
greenishness noun
greenly adverb
greenness \ ˈgrē(n)-​nəs How to pronounce greenness (audio) \ noun

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

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

Kate, who’s been loving wearing similar shades of green as of late for nearly all of her royal appearances, would definitely approve of this look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Very Kate Middleton-esque, Green Embellished Erdem Coat," 11 Mar. 2019 At the time, Miley wore playful, pastel tweed separates by the French fashion house and Liam went monochrome in deep green with a velvet blazer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are the Hottest Couple at the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 The autumn season brings many changes, but none are more spectacular than this: Billions of leaves are turning from green to auburn and gold. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 The green hue inside the white outline is almost certainly a reference to the colored buttons on the white and mint Pixels; the black phone shows gray instead of the green. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google reveals Pixel 3 colors: mint, white, and black," 14 Sep. 2018 Step 3: Glue a circle of light green felt to one end of the toilet paper roll, leaving the other end open. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 8 Aug. 2018 Her nightmares still brought the men in green with their rifles and shoving hands. New York Times, "When a Baby Is an Everyday Reminder of Rohingya Horror," 7 July 2018 Shutterstock Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Guanajuato, Mexico, is a colorful feast for the eyes, with green, red, yellow, and orange buildings dotting the downtown streets and the surrounding hills. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Unlike the French Open one, this version was short and green, with black and white stripe details and a keyhole cut-out in the back. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Serena Williams Brought Back the Catsuit for the 2019 Australian Open," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Drizzle greens lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "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, SI.com, "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 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 Other city agencies and local nonprofits have turned to greening these buildings and lots, creating urban farms, pocket parks, and community gardens. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The high cost of abandoned property, and how cities can push back," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For dinner, Hudson sticks to sushi, shrimp stir-fry, turkey and sautéed collard greens, or tacos. Miranda Siwak, Good Housekeeping, "What Jennifer Hudson Eats to Maintain Her 80-Pound Weight Loss," 25 Feb. 2019 The strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year but appears similar to last year’s outbreak linked to leafy greens. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Americans, Canadians are warned not to eat romaine lettuce," 21 Nov. 2018 The concept of a civic center in the middle of urban life dates back to the early New England village green. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 At 575 yards tee-to-green, No. 6 yielded 13 eagles, 191 birdies, 215 pars and just 41 bogeys or worse. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 Her family home is humble, a small maintenance shed with no running water where her parents tend to the greens. George Ramsay, CNN, "Pratima Sherpa: The meeting with Tiger Woods 'I'll never forget'," 1 June 2018 That said, the transition to green was most likely a seamless — and temporary — one. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Zayn Malik Posts Instagram Selfie of Green Hair and Tattoos," 29 May 2018 In observing countless holes of competitive golf at Colonial since the death of the caddie races, the return of a good-natured competition between golf sherpas to the green would serve the fans well. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Mayor helped save Colonial. Now, can she bring back the caddie races? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018 When the light turned from red to green, the car did not move. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man charged in Menomonee Falls with 4th OWI, this time with his 13-year-old son in the car," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of green

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Noun

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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green

adjective

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

green

noun

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

green

adjective
\ 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

green

noun

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

green

adjective
\ 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

green

noun

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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