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green

adjective \ ˈgrēn \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of green

1 : of the color green
2 a : 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
7 a : marked by a pale, sickly, or nauseated appearance
b : envious 1 used especially in the phrase green with envy
8 a : 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
9 a : 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
10 a 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

greenish

play \ˈgrē-nish\ adjective

greenishness

noun

greenly

adverb

greenness

play \ˈgrē(n)-nəs\ noun
green around the gills
: pale or sickly in appearance

Examples of green in a Sentence

  1. fields green with meadow grass

  2. a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards

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Origin and Etymology of green

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


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green

verb

Definition of green

intransitive verb
: to become green
transitive verb
1 : to make green

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Origin and Etymology of green

see 1green


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green

noun

Definition of green

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

greeny

play \ˈgrē-nē\ adjective

Examples of green in a Sentence

  1. a mixture of blues and greens

  2. The town green was the center of activity.

  3. It took him four shots to get to the green.

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Origin and Etymology of green

see 1green

green Synonyms


Green

biographical name

Definition of Green

Julien or Julian 1900–1998 French novelist

Green

biographical name

Definition of Green

William 1873–1952 American labor leader

Green

geographical name \ ˈgrēn \

Definition of Green

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


GREEN Defined for English Language Learners

green

adjective

Definition of green for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of green for English Language Learners

  • : a color that is like the color of growing grass

  • greens : the leaves of plants used for food

  • : a large area covered with growing grass in the center of a town or village


GREEN Defined for Kids

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green

adjective \ ˈgrēn \

Definition of green for Students

greener; greenest
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 2
  • green with envy
8 : supporting the protection of or helping to protect the environment
  • green activists
  • green household products

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green

noun

Definition of green for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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green

adjective \ ˈgrēn \

medical Definition of green

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

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green

noun

medical Definition of green

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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