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olive drab

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noun, plural olive drabs for 3.
  1. a deep olive color.
  2. woolen cloth of this color, used especially for U.S. Army uniforms.
  3. a military uniform made from this cloth.

Origin of olive drab

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for olive drab

Historical Examples

  • When he was all dressed in his olive-drab she still could not let him go.

    We Can't Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes

  • All at once they saw sunlight ahead of them and olive-drab uniforms.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • He watched the irregular files of men in olive-drab shambling by.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • The captain came in, brushing snow from his olive-drab uniform.

    Whispering Wires</p>

    Henry Leverage

  • The uniform he wore under the benny was olive-drab with bars on his shoulder.

    Whispering Wires</p>

    Henry Leverage


British Dictionary definitions for olive drab

olive drab

noun US
    1. a dull but fairly strong greyish-olive colour
    2. (as adjective)an olive-drab jacket
  1. cloth or clothes in this colour, esp the uniform of the US ArmyAbbreviation: OD
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