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bowling green

a level, closely mowed green for lawn bowling.
Origin of bowling green
First recorded in 1640-50

Bowling Green

a city in S Kentucky.
a city in NW Ohio.
a small open area near the S tip of Manhattan in New York City, at the foot of Broadway.

bowling on the green


lawn bowling

a game played with wooden balls on a level, closely mowed green having a slight bias, the object being to roll one's ball as near as possible to a smaller white ball at the other end of the green.
Also called bowls, bowling on the green.
Compare bowl2 (def 2), bowling green, jack1 (def 7), rink (def 5).
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bowling-green
Historical Examples
  • He devoted his time to receiving visitors, the bowling-green, and the chess-table.

  • They paused at the bowling-green and played a game which Evander won.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Recollect the countryman at the bowling-green at York—ha, ha!

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The old bowling-green is one of the pleasantest inns in Cheshire.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • May Terrace was built on the bowling-green (circa 1824 and later).

  • The bowling-green seems to be to the right, between the two rows of trees.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • I could tell by this motion he did not look to find anyone in the bowling-green at that hour.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • A charming greenery of old English gardens was the bowling-green.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Did I add that the bowling-green is entirely at your service?

  • The gate on the right opened into a bowling-green and skittle-alley.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for bowling-green

bowling green

an area of closely mown turf on which the game of bowls is played
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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