olive drab

noun

Definition of olive drab

1 : a grayish olive
2a : a wool or cotton fabric of an olive drab color
b : a uniform of this fabric

Examples of olive drab in a Sentence

a shirt in olive drab The soldiers were dressed in olive drab.
Recent Examples on the Web In 1980, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta came up with their iconic look: khaki shirts, olive drab pants. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "‘Now it’s out ... America knows.’ Maryland men tell of decades-old child sexual abuse amid Boy Scouts bankruptcy.," 13 Nov. 2020 The load, available in 50-count boxes, features an olive drab green bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1,850 fps. Field & Stream, "A Better Approach," 2 Oct. 2020 There are prosecutors in suits and ties and soldiers in olive drab camouflage and combat boots. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, "Inside America’s War Court: Clothing and Culture at Guantánamo Bay," 27 Dec. 2019 Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose formation and picked up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters," 18 Nov. 2019 The machined aluminum handles are lightweight and anodized olive drab. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose formation and picked up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters," 18 Nov. 2019 Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose formation and picked up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters," 18 Nov. 2019 Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive drab T-shirts, ran out in loose formation and picked up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street. Washington Post, "Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of olive drab

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Nov 2020

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“Olive drab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20drab. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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olive drab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of olive drab

chiefly US : a grayish-green color also : clothing of this color

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