\ 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 This sounds soooo good: The dinner features Lois’ luscious meatloaf with homemade macaroni and cheese, green beans, applesauce, roll and dessert. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "People open their hearts and wallets to help shoe repair shop: Whit & Whimsey," 4 Sep. 2020 That day, two people (ecological and cultural observers) sat in chairs not far from the SDSU ticket office, peering through the green wind screen to watch the digging. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztec Stadium update: Looking down on creation," 3 Sep. 2020 On Sunday night, the MTV Video Music Awards aired the first major attempt at a socially distant awards show, complete with masked backup dancers, socially distant presenters and a whole lot of green screen. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Best and worst moments of the 2020 VMAs, from Lady Gaga's pandemic chic outfits to eerie fake crowds," 31 Aug. 2020 Tyler and Melanie Tapajna started married life off by sharing their joy with others through plates of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. TheWeek, "New husband and wife donate and serve reception food at Ohio shelter," 31 Aug. 2020 Caribbean salt-fish fritters—alongside green beans with rémoulade, a quintessential New Orleans sauce. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "A New Orleans Chef Navigates Disaster," 28 Aug. 2020 The noodles had the body to hold up in a fresh soup-style preparation with mushrooms and vegetables ($7.99) as well as in a more aggressive, savory stir-fry with lush pork belly and green beans ($7.99). Mike Sutter,, "3 new San Antonio restaurants — Chicken N Pickle, Mi Roti and Shifu Noodle — showcase spirit to survive coronavirus economy," 27 Aug. 2020 But your performance was much more intimate, just you and a green screen with Stephen Stills spliced in. Washington Post, "Why Billy Porter ‘won’t shut up’ when it comes to his politics," 26 Aug. 2020 Homemade canned green beans were out, Birds Eye frozen peas were in. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of the Mason Jar," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flagship item might just be a lace bodysuit in hot pink and retina-searing green. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Petra Collins Launches Her First Fashion Collection: I’m Sorry," 9 Sep. 2020 For months, little changed, with the exception of a large boulder that sits near the main green and serves as a kind of community billboard. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "The End of the University," 8 Sep. 2020 If the season started today, 13 of the state's 15 counties, including Maricopa County, wouldn't be able to play games because not all three benchmarks are in the green. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Coaching legend Jim Rattay sounds off on Phoenix Union's pause on high school football," 5 Sep. 2020 More expulsions were made in August than in any other month since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order in mid-March green-lighting them. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S.-Mexico border crossings continue to rise, with 50,000 arrests made amid pandemic restrictions," 4 Sep. 2020 The European bourses opened solidly in the green with France's CAC up more than 1.5% in the first half-hour after Emmanuel Macron’s government unveiled a huge €100 billion stimulus spending package. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Investors send global stocks higher on vaccine hopes and stimulus goodies—but tech shares continues to lag," 3 Sep. 2020 On Saturday Rahm walked up to the fifth green and picked up his ball, which isn't anything crazy. Andy Nesbitt, USA TODAY, "Jon Rahm's wild PGA Tour win came after he made the silliest mistake," 31 Aug. 2020 All continued to be clear on the state monitoring front with all six measures that could put the region back on the state’s COVID watchlist in the green. San Diego Union-Tribune, "CDC’s revised COVID-19 testing guidelines won’t affect San Diego. But a new state partnership might," 26 Aug. 2020 To be in the green, the county in which the school is located must be averaging three or fewer new cases a day per 100,000 people. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia will require face masks for students in third grade and up," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But whether the Trump administration and Chinese officials can green-light a deal that's satisfactory to both sides in half a month is an open question. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "TikTok's sale is a race against time," 31 Aug. 2020 While electricity and heat generation together make up a quarter of global emissions, and will be relatively easy to green up, a big chunk of other emissions will be much harder to reform. Matt Simon, Wired, "Yes, Emissions Have Fallen. That Won't Fix Climate Change," 7 Aug. 2020 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

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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