olive drab


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.

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En route to Sydney, Robbie arrived in the chic combination of a black overcoat, olive drab knit sweater, and a pair of perfectly worn-in Levi’s. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Margot Robbie Finds the Perfect In-Flight Outfit," 14 Mar. 2018 Young waitresses in olive drab fatigues and military caps serve coffee and smoothies to tourists and locals. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "As Vietnam races to future, it must reckon with past," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of olive drab

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of olive drab

: a grayish-green color; also : clothing of this color

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a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

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