Green Paper

noun British.

a report presenting the policy proposals of the government, to be discussed in Parliament.

Origin of Green Paper

First recorded in 1945–50; apparently so called from the color of the paper on which they are printed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for green paper

  • The green-paper shade, which did not roll up very well, at the west window was of her devising.

    The Stillwater Tragedy|Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • His lodger, with burning cheeks, fled to her room, and drew down the green-paper shade.

    A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • She turned the key in the lock and ran to the window, pulling its green-paper shade aside.

    Donald and Dorothy|Mary Mapes Dodge

British Dictionary definitions for green paper

green paper


(often capitals) (in Britain) a command paper containing policy proposals to be discussed, esp by Parliament
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