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 Zelensky wears his now familiar olive drab T-shirt in a video call that is fuzzy and spare and grim. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 On Tuesday, the ambulances seen in Mazyr were olive drab Soviet-era Paz buses marked with red crosses and carrying Russian military license plates. Evan Gershkovich, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 Zelenskyy wore military olive drab at a drill with tanks and helicopters near Ukraine's border with Russian-annexed Crimea this weekend. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Feb. 2022 Cover, leaving cover slightly ajar to prevent broccoli from turning olive drab in color. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2022 Soon after hearing the news, Marks went to an army surplus store in Key West and bought olive drab fatigues and paratrooper boots. Longreads, Longreads, 2 Nov. 2021 One of those florals (exploded and multiplied via computer) carried over to the accessible look, a button-front muslin shirtdress printed with the pattern and then overdyed olive drab. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 The words were graffitied onto the back of an olive drab coat, with the crude lettering emphasizing the raw sentiment. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 The need for such aerial tank killers was learned the hard way during the Vietnam War when the only combat helicopters then available were little more than civilian models painted olive drab and fitted with a light-caliber machine gun. Sheldon M. Gallager, Popular Mechanics, 25 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of olive drab

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Olive drab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20drab. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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