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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Mahindra has six basic colors — no surprise, desert tan and olive drab are most popular — but the plant has custom colors and wraps for a wide range of looks. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep-like ATV looks like a toy — but Mahindra means business," 31 Aug. 2019 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

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

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