kelly green

noun, often capitalized K
kel·​ly green | \ ˈke-lē- How to pronounce kelly green (audio) \

Definition of kelly green

: a strong yellowish green

Examples of kelly green in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brights include tones like lemon yellow, bubblegum pink, and kelly green, in line with the modern L.A. for radiating sunshine and good vibes. Sarah Midkiff,, "OPI Just Dropped A Hollywood Collection & Every Shade is Iconic," 2 Feb. 2021 In addition to the intense colored blooms, the leaves are crinkly kelly green and very decorative., "Calvin Finch: More good flowers for winter garden color: primrose, stock, sweet peas and pansies," 19 Nov. 2020 The Un-red (a true, blood red), Pump-kid (a neon orange), Hallogreen (a bright kelly green), Ghouls Night Out (pitch black), and Boo-lue (a bright, mid-tone blue). Marci Robin, Allure, "Sally Hansen Is Launching a Sour Patch Kids Nail Polish Collection for Halloween," 9 Sep. 2020 The shoes feature a white upper as the color base that is paired with yellow and kelly green accents to make up the color scheme. oregonlive, "Nike releases new Oregon Ducks Pegasus 37 shoes: Are they a must-have, or will you pass?," 20 Aug. 2020 The shelves up high behind the counter were full of Thai snack imports for sale, like sweet basil Lay's chips, tom yum powder–dusted seaweed crisps, Cheeto-textured cuttlefish flavored rice balls, and sugar rush–inducing bright kelly green soda. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: The Cafeteria-Style Lunch at Little Wayla," 9 Jan. 2020 Each of its 13 cottages and two junior suites (a total of 24 rooms) has a neo-colonial vibe—breezy with lots of white and dark wood and pops of canary yellow and kelly green—and its own terrace and private plunge pool. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Hottest New Hotel Openings of Fall 2019," 1 Oct. 2019 Wold, suited up in kelly green A’s threads, sat with closer Liam Hendriks to get his bat all taped up. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Wish Kid August Wold spends the day as an Oakland Athletic," 27 July 2019 All-white leather with kelly green accents, the Stan Smith sneaker offered a reprieve from the can’t-miss-it clothing of the mid-aughts. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "We’ve Gotta Have It: The 17 Items that Defined Fashion in the 2010s," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of kelly green

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kelly green

from the common Irish name Kelly; from the association of Ireland with the color green

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The first known use of kelly green was circa 1927

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19 Feb 2021

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“Kelly green.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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