\ 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


greened; greening; greens

Definition of green (Entry 2 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to become green



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


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

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


fields green with meadow grass a new pitcher who's pretty green, even by rookie standards


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

Tart-makers slice rhubarb into diamonds or form squares, some play on the natural gradient of the plant’s colors from light green to dark red. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Get your M.C. Escher on with a geometric rhubarb tart," 5 July 2019 Across Sierra National Forest, thousands of dead pine trees darken a backdrop of green under azure skies. Tom Stienstra,, "With 147 million dead trees, Californians brace again for fire," 4 July 2019 The boredom was conjured by giving participants a bowl of mixed beans (red and green) and asking them to separate the beans into two groups by color. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 Criteria such as size, tax and regulation were colour-coded red, green and amber. The Economist, "London’s reign as the world’s capital of capital is at risk," 29 June 2019 But one piece really stood out to us: a bomber jacket that had the flower Angel’s Trumpet hand-embroidered, glittering in gold, orange, and green. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Artist Darby Milbrath Collaborated With Celine on an Embroidered Bomber Jacket," 27 June 2019 Perhaps you associate Los Angeles more closely with green juice than with booze. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 These small, pear-shaped pests range in colors from green to red. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 Team Penske's Joey Logano, who topped Saturday's qualifying, will lead the field to green on Monday alongside Aric Almirola. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Rain mars Michigan Cup race; FireKeepers Casino 400 rescheduled for Monday," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the same time, Virginia Raggi, the first female mayor of Rome, has spoken passionately about the need for greening the city. Chandran Nair, Quartz, "Religious leaders can kickstart a global anti-plastic movement," 6 June 2019 Rain and pollinator gardeners, for the most part, have also learned that the short-term fix provided by a squirt of weed killer or synthetic nitrogen to green up a lawn is just that — short term. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 Rain eventually greened the field, and after the wheat harvest in August, signs of the monument had almost completely disappeared. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Drought Uncovers Ancient Irish Henge," 1 Jan. 2019 Aside from smaller targets, keeping Pebble’s Poe Annua greens smooth and green is a challenge. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Pebble Beach U.S. Open preview: Can Tiger win and everything else you need to know," 6 June 2019 So, while their individual takes varied slightly, their mutual affinity for grassy tones made one thing clear: like green itself, the couple is focusing on all things prosperity. Vogue, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Know the Secret Power of Wearing Green," 20 May 2019 Drizzle greens lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with flaky salt. Leah Eskin,, "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,, "Tiger Woods Opens Wells Fargo With Solid Even-Par 71 Despite Putting Woes," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some get pretty large, some are dwarf, some are red in summer, and some are green. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 There’s also a range of appetizers; according to manager Usanee Chaovatana, onigiri ($2.50) — Japanese rice balls filled with a choice of mentai or pickled takana greens — is especially popular. Rachel Lebeaux,, "Migaku champions the unique taste of champon," 9 July 2019 Because nothing—not the light, not the skin, not the room—had any green in it. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things," 8 July 2019 Neon pinks and greens were sisters to crisp whites. Candace Hasan And Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Makeup Trends Were A Beauty Must At This Year’s Essence Festival," 8 July 2019 Between slime-green liner on the likes of Kendall Jenner to lime-green nails on superstars like Rihanna and Cardi B, neon green has been having quite the moment in the beauty space. Rachel Lubitz,, "Billie Eilish Just Dyed Her Hair A Wild New Colour — & Fans Love It," 4 July 2019 Gives a casual look when filled with brightly colored flowers, a more elegant feel with trailing greens. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Divide mixed greens evenly among wraps, then top with chicken salad and roll tightly. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Coronation Chicken Salad Wraps," 2 July 2019 The only protection the short course — officially listed at 7,334 yards — had was its numerous trees and sloped Donald Ross greens. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Rocket Mortgage Classic got right — and what it got wrong," 30 June 2019

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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 intransitive sense


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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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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