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olive drab

noun, plural olive drabs for 3.
a deep olive color.
woolen cloth of this color, used especially for U.S. Army uniforms.
a military uniform made from this cloth.
Origin of olive drab
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His olive drab was tattered and stained; he must have lost his cap or sold it to buy tobacco.

  • They followed the colonel to the waiting, olive drab passenger car.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • It was a trim body, they could see from where they stood, clad in dark garments of olive drab that hugged the lean limbs close.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • Norma liked the big, homely boy in olive drab, who kissed the little homely mother so affectionately.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • And he was dressed in the olive drab uniform of an American Marine.

    The Rope of Gold Roy J. Snell
  • Neat rows of olive drab vehicles curved along the water's edge.

    Navy Day Harry Harrison
  • Was it all a dream; these men in tin helmets and uniforms of khaki and of olive drab?

    With the Doughboy in France Edward Hungerford
  • The service uniform is either cotton (summer) or woolen (winter) olive drab.

  • Prostrate bodies in olive drab hid the patch of tender green grass by the roadside.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
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
cloth or clothes in this colour, esp the uniform of the US Army OD
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