\ ˈgrēn How to pronounce green (audio) \

Essential Meaning of green

1 : having the color of growing grass green leaves a green sweater
2 : covered by green grass or other plants green fields
3 : consisting of green plants or of the leaves of plants a green salad

Full 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)

intransitive verb

: to become green


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


greeny \ ˈgrē-​nē How to pronounce Green (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 Last week, volunteers served ham, green beans, cheesy potatoes, salad and rolls donated by Texas Roadhouse at a free community dinner where residents could come down to the town square to be counted, Sappington told council members Monday night. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 Examples of food included in the bags are cereal, applesauce, pasta, green beans and soup. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 But vegetables grown for their fruits, including tomatoes, green beans and peppers, must have from six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. oregonlive, 3 Oct. 2021 The Biden administration lifted the freeze on green cards, but the State Department still wasn't issuing most of the visas., 1 Oct. 2021 Over 100,000, or possibly many more, Afghan partners remain in Afghanistan, along with around 100 American citizens and about 1,000 green cards holders. Ethan Barton, Fox News, 26 Sep. 2021 The menu will feature baked chicken breast on egg noodles with a garlic butter sauce, green beans, tossed salad, bread and apple crisp., 21 Sep. 2021 His current menu at La Fonda features fideo made with ingredients such as steak, duck, mushrooms, kale, green beans and more. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 Volunteers of all ages are welcome and in 2020 alone, more than 9,700 individuals went into the fields to help harvest potatoes, green beans, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes and more. Melissa Whatley,, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adam Schenk let the wind do the work for a driver onto the par-4 15th green, the start of three birdies over his last four holes that led to a 5-under-par 66 and a one-shot lead over Matthew Wolff in the Shriners Children’s Open at Las Vegas., 10 Oct. 2021 What raised her from her stupor was a flash of green. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 On the next hole, Mickelson's tee shot left him a trick chip onto the green. Ben Morse, CNN, 23 May 2021 Hagestad’s approach landed just short of the green., 1 Oct. 2021 On the 18th the Americans found the fairway but were short of the green on the approach. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 The resulting designs include a trompe l’oeil grid, inspired by a garden maze, in four shades of green; a pattern of graphic, zigzagging ribbons in raspberry and amber; and intertwined chartreuse vines on a lilac background. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 The cheers on 18 were then volleyed to the fans in the grandstand adjacent to the ninth fairway, creating a swell of sound as Budenholzer hit his approach – which settled on the back of the green. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2021 His wedge shot on No. 12, from the right rough, landed on the front of the green, rolled and rolled and rolled … and then disappeared into the hole for eagle, abruptly vaulting Homa one shot behind McNealy. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anyone can join the movement today and help green our planet by joining, planting trees in neighborhoods and backyards, and donating to organizations that protect our natural ecosystems. Suzanne Dibianca, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Back to Bloomberg for one example: Having largely turned away from coal for years in an attempt to green its electricity generation, Europe is now in a conundrum. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 Without an extension to the deadline, Vietnam could miss a unique opportunity to build its wind industry and green its economy. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 On the flipside, DeChambeau went from tee to fairway to green for a two-putt par to end the round in a tie with Cantlay. Edward Lee,, 28 Aug. 2021 Wealthy tourists, retirees and vacation-home owners will bring in jobs and tax revenue, and, like the sprinklers at resorts, green the whole place up. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Jackson had originally pitched Lord of the Rings as two movies, out of fear that no studio would green-light a full trilogy. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2021 The uneven and patchwork way that schools find the resources to green their schools could end with a new federal policy. Diana Budds, Curbed, 23 July 2021 But many such bus lines in the United States are more basic, largely involving stops that are further apart and technology that changes stop lights to green as buses approach., 24 July 2021

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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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\ 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


\ 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



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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