olive drab

noun

1
: a grayish olive
2
a
: 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 His teammate Tony Pollard continued that theme in an olive drab vest and forest camo. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 11 Sep. 2023 The rooftop space is outfitted in paint, furniture and decor in muted tones of olive drab, mellow cream and pale terracotta subtly suggesting the green, white and red of the Mexican flag. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 May 2023 Clad in olive drab, seemingly paler than the day before, unruly facial stubble thickening into a goatee, and with his country’s familiar cerulean-and-yellow banner by his side, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky launched into his latest appeal for help in the lopsided war against Russia. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of olive drab was in 1869

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“Olive drab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20drab. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

olive drab

noun
1
: a grayish olive color
2
: a wool or cotton fabric of an olive drab color
also : a uniform made out of this fabric
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