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

Last summer, Ratajkowski was spotted in an army green sleeveless crop top, black biker shorts from Kith, Yeezy sneakers, and a crossbody bag from Laval. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski's Summer Style Muse Is Princess Diana," 17 Apr. 2019 Elsewhere, a shocking-pink Astroturf lines the floor of a room debuting Jungle, a line of indoor-outdoor seating covered in an allover pink-and-green palm print. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019 In 1937, legendary decorator Dorothy Draper designed Brazilliance, a bright, pink-and-green banana leaf for California's Arrowhead Springs Hotel. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Biggest Feud in Interior Design," 22 Mar. 2019 Apple is now selling three additional colors of silicone cases and watch straps on the Apple Store in yellow, green and pink (via MacRumors). Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple cases for the iPhone XS increases to twelve, iPhone XR still zero," 30 Nov. 2018 Cyanobacteria have been in the news lately for negative reasons, as the blue-green algae that's flooding Florida's beaches. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Electrical Source: Bionic Mushrooms," 9 Nov. 2018 Remove dark-green tops of leeks and discard or save for another use. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Fendi pink-and-green leather geometric coat, $9,600 at Fendi.com. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Fendi’s Leather Coat Is a Graphic Feat of Craftsmanship," 12 July 2018 Kate Middleton has been designing a family section of the Chelsea Flower Show, benefiting the National Health Service's Mental Health Trust and promoting the health benefits of green spaces. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 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

The film, which has Jim Carey decked out in green as the Grinch himself and Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen, brings the land of Whoville to life, complete with an appearance from Max the dog. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 If Google can’t keep its stock in the green, the iPhone XR will look pretty attractive. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "You can now preorder the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL," 9 Oct. 2018 At the University of Kansas, smoking is no longer allowed inside the boundaries shown in green. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Say goodbye to smoking, vaping or using tobacco anywhere at KU," 3 July 2018 CT scan images of the skull roof (frontal bone in pink, parietal in green) a chicken, the birdlike dinosaur Zanabazar, the primitive dinosaur Herrerasaurus, and Proterosuchus. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Science of Bringing Back the Dinosaurs," 20 June 2018 The full results show the models listed in green as not statistically different. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Brady, Brees helmet deemed inferior; that's not whole story," 17 Apr. 2018 Visitors to Grace's House, a designer show house that opened last week in Plainfield, New Jersey, will likely notice an unusual abundance of the color green. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How 21 Interior Designers Rallied Around a Young Girl with Cancer," 29 Apr. 2019 Every other variation of green in between has been incorporated into my makeup routine, though, including lime, forest, and emerald. Devon Abelman, Allure, "PSA: Green Color Corrector Doubles as the Perfect Mint Eye Shadow," 24 Oct. 2018 The cryptocurrency scene is, for the moment, in a sea of green. David Meyer, Fortune, "Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Are Soaring Again—For Now," 5 July 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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