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Definitions for Green

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Green.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. green, greenness, viriditynoun

    green color or pigment; resembling the color of growing grass

  2. park, commons, common, greennoun

    a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

    "they went for a walk in the park"

  3. Green, William Greennoun

    United States labor leader who was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1924 to 1952 and who led the struggle with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1873-1952)

  4. Greennoun

    an environmentalist who belongs to the Green Party

  5. Green, Green Rivernoun

    a river that rises in western Wyoming and flows southward through Utah to become a tributary of the Colorado River

  6. green, putting green, putting surfacenoun

    an area of closely cropped grass surrounding the hole on a golf course

    "the ball rolled across the green and into the bunker"

  7. greens, green, leafy vegetablenoun

    any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables

  8. K, jet, super acid, special K, honey oil, green, cat valium, super Cadjective

    street names for ketamine

  9. green, greenish, light-green, dark-greenadjective

    of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum; similar to the color of fresh grass

    "a green tree"; "green fields"; "green paint"

  10. greenadjective

    concerned with or supporting or in conformity with the political principles of the Green Party

  11. green, unripe, unripened, immatureadjective

    not fully developed or mature; not ripe

    "unripe fruit"; "fried green tomatoes"; "green wood"

  12. greenadjective

    looking pale and unhealthy

    "you're looking green"; "green around the gills"

  13. fleeceable, green, gullibleverb

    naive and easily deceived or tricked

    "at that early age she had been gullible and in love"

  14. greenverb

    turn or become green

    "The trees are greening"


  1. Greenadjective

    (Politics) Concerned especially with protection of the enviroment; -- of political parties and political philosophies; as, the European green parties.


  1. greennoun

    A member of a green party; an environmentalist.

  2. greennoun

    A putting green, the part of a golf course near the hole.

  3. greennoun

    The surface upon which bowls is played.

  4. greennoun

    One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 3 points.

  5. greennoun

    a public patch of land in the middle of a settlement.

  6. greennoun


  7. greennoun


  8. greenverb

    To make (something) green, to turn (something) green.

  9. greenverb

    To become or grow green in colour.

  10. greenverb

    To add greenspaces to (a town).

  11. greenverb

    To become environmentally aware.

  12. greenverb

    To make (something) environmentally friendly.

  13. greenadjective

    Having green as its color.

    The former flag of Libya is completely green.

  14. greenadjective

    Sickly, unwell.

    Sally looks pretty green uE0009268uE001 is she going to be sick?

  15. greenadjective


    John's kind of green, so take it easy on him this first week.

  16. greenadjective

    Environmentally friendly.

    Let's buy green copier paper for the office

  17. greenadjective

    Overcome with envy.

    green with envy

  18. greenadjective

    Describing a pitch which, even if there is no visible grass, still contains a significant amount of moisture

  19. greenadjective

    Of bacon or similar smallgoods, unprocessed, raw, unsmoked; not smoked or spiced.

  20. greenadjective

    Unripe, said of certain fruits that change color when they ripen.

  21. greenadjective

    Of wine, high or too high in acidity.

  22. greenadjective

    Of freshly cut wood or lumber that has not been dried, containing moisture and therefore relatively more flexible or springy.

  23. greenadjective

    Naïve or unaware of obvious facts.

  24. Etymology: From grene, from grene, from grōniz (compare West Frisian grien, Dutch groen, German grün, Swedish grön Danish grøn), from gʰrōni- (compare Old Church Slavonic грань), from gʰreh₁. More at grow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GREENadjective

    Etymology: grun, German; groen, Dutch.

    The general colour of plants is green, which is a colour that no flower is of: there is a greenish primrose, but it is pale, and scarce a green. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Groves for ever green. Alexander Pope.

    Was the hope drunk
    Wherein you drest yourself? Hath it slept since?
    And wakes it now to look so green and pale
    At what it did so freely? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    There’s never any of these demure boys come to any proof: they fall into a kind of male green sickness. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    ’Till the green sickness and love’s force betray’d
    To death’s remorseless arms th’ unhappy maid. Samuel Garth.

    The door is open, sir; there lies your way:
    You may be jogging while your boots are green. William Shakespeare.

    Griefs are green;
    And all thy friends, which thou must make thy friends,
    Have but their stings and teeth newly ta’en out. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    In a vault,
    Where bloody Tybalt, yet but green in earth,
    Lies festering in his blood. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. Francis Bacon, Essay 4.

    If a spark of error have thus far prevailed, falling even where the wood was green, and farthest off from any inclination unto furious attempts; must not the peril thereof be greater in men, whose minds are of themselves as dry fewel, apt beforehand unto tumults? Richard Hooker, Dedication.

    Of fragility the cause is an impotency to be extended, and therefore stone is more fragil than metal, and so dry wood is more fragil than green. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    If you but consider a piece of green wood burning in a chimney, you will readily discern, in the disbanded parts of it, the four elements. Boyle.

    The green do often heat the ripe, and the ripe, so heated, give fire to the green. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Under this head we may rank those words which signify different ideas, by a sort of an unaccountable far-fetched analogy, or distant resemblance, that fancy has introduced between one thing and another; as when we say the meat is green, when it is half roasted. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    My sallad days,
    When I was green in judgment, cold in blood! William Shakespeare.

    O charming youth, in the first op’ning page;
    So many graces in so green an age. Dryden.

    You’ll find a difference
    Between the promise of his greener days,
    And these he masters now. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    If you would fat green geese, shut them up when they are about a month old. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Stubble geese at Michaelmas are seen
    Upon the spit, next May produces green. William King, Cookery.

  2. Greennoun

    Her mother hath intended,
    That, quaint in green, she shall be loose enrob’d. William Shakespeare.

    But with your presence cheer’d, they cease to mourn;
    And walks wear fresher green at your return. Dryden.

    Cinnabar, illuminated by this beam, appears of the same red colour as in daylight; and if at the lens you intercept the green making and blue making rays, its redness will become more full and lively. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Let us but consider the two colours of yellow and blue: if they are mingled together in any considerable proportion, they make a green. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    For this down-trodden equity, we tread
    In warlike march these greens before your town. William Shakespeare.

    O’er the smooth enamell’d green,
    Where no print of step hath been,
    Follow me as I sing. John Milton.

    The young Æmilia, fairer to be seen
    Than the fair lilly on the flow’ry green. John Dryden, Fables.

    With greens and flow’rs recruit their empty hives,
    And seek fresh forage to sustain their lives. John Dryden, Virg.

    Ev’ry brow with chearful green is crown’d;
    The feasts are doubled, and the bowls go round. Dryden.

    The fragrant greens I seek, my brows to bind. Dryden.

  3. To Greenverb

    To make green. A low word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Great Spring before
    Green’d all the year; and fruits and blossoms blush’d
    In social sweetness on the self-same bough. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. Green

    Green is the color between blue and yellow on the visible spectrum. It is evoked by light which has a dominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm. In subtractive color systems, used in painting and color printing, it is created by a combination of yellow and cyan; in the RGB color model, used on television and computer screens, it is one of the additive primary colors, along with red and blue, which are mixed in different combinations to create all other colors. By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage. Several minerals have a green color, including the emerald, which is colored green by its chromium content. During post-classical and early modern Europe, green was the color commonly associated with wealth, merchants, bankers and the gentry, while red was reserved for the nobility. For this reason, the costume of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the benches in the British House of Commons are green while those in the House of Lords are red. It also has a long historical tradition as the color of Ireland and of Gaelic culture. It is the historic color of Islam, representing the lush vegetation of Paradise. It was the color of the banner of Muhammad, and is found in the flags of nearly all Islamic countries.In surveys made in American, European, and Islamic countries, green is the color most commonly associated with nature, life, health, youth, spring, hope, and envy. In the European Union and the United States, green is also sometimes associated with toxicity and poor health, but in China and most of Asia, its associations are very positive, as the symbol of fertility and happiness. Because of its association with nature, it is the color of the environmental movement. Political groups advocating environmental protection and social justice describe themselves as part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products. Green is also the traditional color of safety and permission; a green light means go ahead, a green card permits permanent residence in the United States.


  1. green

    Green is a color that is perceived between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. It is commonly associated with nature, growth, freshness, and vitality. Additionally, "green" can also refer to an environmentally friendly or sustainable approach or practice that aims to minimize harm to the natural environment and promote conservation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Green

    having the color of grass when fresh and growing; resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald

  2. Green

    having a sickly color; wan

  3. Green

    full of life aud vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent; as, a green manhood; a green wound

  4. Green

    not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green fruit, corn, vegetables, etc

  5. Green

    not roasted; half raw

  6. Green

    immature in age or experience; young; raw; not trained; awkward; as, green in years or judgment

  7. Green

    not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as, green wood, timber, etc

  8. Greennoun

    the color of growing plants; the color of the solar spectrum intermediate between the yellow and the blue

  9. Greennoun

    a grassy plain or plat; a piece of ground covered with verdant herbage; as, the village green

  10. Greennoun

    fresh leaves or branches of trees or other plants; wreaths; -- usually in the plural

  11. Greennoun

    pl. Leaves and stems of young plants, as spinach, beets, etc., which in their green state are boiled for food

  12. Greennoun

    any substance or pigment of a green color

  13. Greenverb

    to make green

  14. Greenverb

    to become or grow green

  15. Etymology: [OE. grene, AS. grne; akin to D. groen, OS. grni, OHG. gruoni, G. grn, Dan. & Sw. grn, Icel. grnn; fr. the root of E. grow. See Grow.]


  1. Green

    Green is the color of emeralds, jade, and growing grass. In the continuum of colors of visible light it is located between yellow and blue. Green is the color most commonly associated with nature and the environmental movement, Ireland, Islam, spring, hope and envy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Green

    grēn, adj. of the colour of growing plants: growing: vigorous: new: unripe: inexperienced, simple, raw, easily imposed on: young.—n. the colour of growing plants: a small green or grassy plat, esp. that common to a village or town for public or merely ornamental purposes: the plot of grass belonging to a house or group of houses, usually at the back: (golf) the whole links on which the game is played, the putting-ground round the individual holes, generally counted as 20 yards from the hole all round: (pl.) fresh leaves: wreaths: the leaves and stems of green vegetables for food, esp. plants of the cabbage kind, spinach, &c.: a political party at Constantinople, under Justinian, opposed to the Blues.—ns. Green′back, popular name for the paper money first issued by the United States in 1862; Green′-cloth, a gaming-table: a department of the royal household, chiefly concerned with the commissariat—from the green cloth on the table round which its officials sat; Green′-crop, a crop of green vegetables, as grasses, turnips, &c.; Green′-earth, a mineral of a green colour and earthy character, used as a pigment by painters in water-colours; Green′ery, green plants: verdure.—adj. Green′-eyed, having green eyes: (fig.) jealous—Green-eyed monster, jealousy.—ns. Green′finch, Green linnet, a native bird of the finch family, of a green colour, slightly mixed with gray and brown; Green′grocer, a grocer or dealer who retails greens, or fresh vegetables and fruits; Green′-hand, an inferior sailor; Green′-heart, or Bebeeru, a very hard variety of wood found in the West Indies and South America; Green′horn, a raw, inexperienced youth; Green′house, a building, chiefly covered with glass and artificially heated, for the protection of exotic plants, or to quicken the cultivation of other plants or fruit; Green′ing (Keats), a becoming green: a kind of apple green when ripe.—adj. Green′ish, somewhat green.—n. Green′ishness.—adv. Green′ly, immaturely, unskilfully.—ns. Green′ness; Green′room, the retiring-room of actors in a theatre, which originally had the walls coloured green; Green′sand, a sandstone in which green specks of iron occur; Green′shank, a bird of the snipe family, in the same genus as the redshank and some of the sandpipers; Green′-sick′ness, chlorosis (see under Chlorine); Green′-snake, a harmless colubrine snake common in the southern United States; Green′stone, a rock term, now disused, for any dark-green basic crystalline (trap-rock); Green′sward, sward or turf green with grass; Green′-tea (see Tea); Greenth, greenness, verdure; Green′-tur′tle (see Turtle); Green′-vit′riol (see Vit′riol); Green′-weed, a name given to certain half-shrubby species of genista; Green′wood, a wood or collection of trees covered with leaves: wood newly cut—also used as an adj., as in 'the greenwood shade.'—adj. Green′y.—Green in my eye, in a colloquial question=Do I look credulous or easily imposed on?—Green, or Emerald, Isle, Ireland.—Greenstick fracture (see Fracture). [A.S. gréne; Ger. grün, Dut. groen, green, Ice. grænn, allied to grow.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. green

    Raw and untutored; a metaphor from unripe fruit--thus Shakspeare makes Pandulph say: "How green are you and fresh in this old world!"

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GREEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Green is ranked #41 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Green surname appeared 430,182 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 146 would have the surname Green.

    56.8% or 244,515 total occurrences were White.
    36.9% or 159,038 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 11,357 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 10,625 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 2,753 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 1,893 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Green' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1058

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Green' in Written Corpus Frequency: #899

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Green' in Nouns Frequency: #1137

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Green' in Adjectives Frequency: #117

Anagrams for Green »

  1. genre

  2. neger

  3. regen

  4. reneg

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Green in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Green in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Green in a Sentence

  1. Reinhard Steurer:

    If you look at the global picture, in the Paris Agreement, countries pledged $ 100 billion a year into the Green Climate Fund... if you look at what they really delivered, it's, I think, not even $ 20 billion so far.

  2. Devin Booker:

    That's a talented team that Danny Green and the Suns could possibly see at the end, danny Green and the Suns just want to make statements. Play the right brand of basketball and wear teams down.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    As I have said over and over again, with all the respect in the world for Mr. Green..., we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in. That is the serious path that we are on.

  4. Tom Ellacott:

    The priority for these companies is to achieve cash flow neutrality and investment will be pulled back in order to achieve that where possible, while the majors have better capacity to invest through the cycle due to their financial strength, only the best projects that achieve economic hurdle rates at low prices will get the green light from the international oil companies.

  5. John Fowles, The Magus:

    I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope -- an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.

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