\ 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
\ 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

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 Most of the facade is white, but with inset windows accented by varied blends of blue, green and red. John King,, "BART’s new South Bay stations have grand ambitions — and mixed results," 21 June 2020 In addition to being sensitive to red, green, and blue light (which is what makes up our vision), birds are also sensitive to ultraviolet light. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Researchers Found That Hummingbirds Can See Even More Colors Than Humans Can," 18 June 2020 Steamed green beans or broccoli spears, tossed with Chinese chile crisp (or melted butter and crushed pepper flakes) makes a gorgeous side dish. cleveland, "Comfort cooking calls for spicy heat. Find it in these Thai-style grilled ribs," 17 June 2020 Cooks chop ginger, scallions, Chinese broccoli and green beans at a fevered pace. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, "Broken glass, broken dreams: Small businesses ravaged by protests and COVID-19 contemplate an uncertain future," 16 June 2020 Merrell changed the letters in its logo to red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet for Pride month and added the hashtag #OneTrail. oregonlive, "Top fashion designers show off rainbow clothes, shoes, hats: ‘Pride won’t be canceled’," 16 June 2020 Even boxed for takeout, Thai Dee’s food radiated big, fresh flavors, starting with the city’s best papaya salad ($10), with ribbons of the crunchy fruit married with peppers, green beans, carrots, tomatoes awash in funky citrus marinade. Mike Sutter,, "3 San Antonio restaurants with outstanding takeout: Thai Dee, Cappy’s and Mixtli," 11 June 2020 The new system — which will use green, yellow, or red statuses — will dictate how and when the crew can disembark ships based on the status of coronavirus infections and how long the ship has been isolated. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "CDC’s New Color-coded Guidance Will Make Disembarking Ships Easier for Stranded Crew," 3 June 2020 Cruise operators could view a ship's map, which would be coded in green, yellow and red based on crowd-density levels. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Tech cruise ships could implement to combat spread of coronavirus: far-UVC sanitation, contact tracing," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnson poured in a 27 foot-sidewinder at eight, a 9-footer at nine and drilled a 24-foot putt from off the green at 10 for his third straight birdie. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, "Dustin Johnson rallies for 21st PGA Tour win at Travelers Championship," 29 June 2020 The major indexes are mostly in the green, with the Nikkei 1.1% higher. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "As the U.S. pulls away from the rest of the world in coronavirus cases, investors begin to look elsewhere," 26 June 2020 But the state of Massachusetts didn't provide the last 35% to get the project green-lit. Ryan Prior, CNN, "'They sent them literally into a death trap': Families recall horror as Covid-19 ravaged Massachusetts veterans home," 26 June 2020 Her next shot nearly went into the large lake that borders the fairway, while Schmidt found the green with his second shot and Green eventually conceded. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Ali Green makes history as first female to make match play at Met golf tourney," 24 June 2020 On the side, puntarelle salad without the puntarelle (an Italian green). cleveland, "‘Visit’ Rome via a staycation of recipes and cooking lessons," 24 June 2020 Williams didn’t see the ball go in the hole, instead going to pick up his putter, thinking the ball was on the green. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "Meridian Hills golf course sees record number of holes-in-one after reopening," 23 June 2020 Leading down to it were exquisite strips of psychedelic green, fields and orchards in which every leaf is watered by irrigation channels connected directly to the glacier. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 16 June 2020 Asia is in the green in afternoon trade, led higher by Japan's Nikkei (+4.9%) and Hong Kong's Hang Seng (+2.9%). Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets soar as investors figure the Fed’s got their backs," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other counties moving to green next week will be Lehigh and Northampton in the Lehigh Valley; Erie County, where local officials have pressed for looser restrictions; Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties in the northeast; and Berks and Lancaster. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 Latimesplants offers a slew of stories and ideas to green your life, including what to plant in your garden during these scary times and how to create a victory garden. Los Angeles Times, "Your Earth Day 2020 guide: Take this Earth Quiz. Download NASA posters. See Zac Efron.," 22 Apr. 2020 While talks between the player’s union and the league are ongoing, some states have green-lighted or started discussing potential start dates. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "Rangers broadcaster Dave Raymond is remaining optimistic about MLB season’s outlook," 18 May 2020 Investments in transmission, charging stations for electric vehicles and public transportation could green the U.S. economy considerably. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "5 Ways the Economic Upheaval of Coronavirus May Impact CO2 Emissions," 6 Apr. 2020 The snow is melting, trees are starting to green up and the Alaska summer is approaching fast. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring weather is pulling Alaskans outside, but virus precautions are still in play," 7 May 2020 CNBC Shell greening Royal Dutch Shell has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050—that means net zero emissions from its own activities, rather than the use of its products. David Meyer, Fortune, "On the pain of the coronavirus economy," 16 Apr. 2020 Don’t be distressed; expect the permanent lawn or summer weeds to green it up. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: It’s almost time to fertilize your lawn, and here’s how," 9 Apr. 2020 Minneapolis: The city has planted hundreds of trees in the past few years in an effort to green up downtown, but many aren’t surviving past their first year. USA TODAY, "Cheetah run, mountain-man biathlon, prodigal emu: News from around our 50 states," 28 Jan. 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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