noun, plural green·er·ies for 2.

green foliage or vegetation; verdure.
a place where green plants are grown or kept.

Origin of greenery

First recorded in 1790–1800; green + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greenery

Contemporary Examples of greenery

Historical Examples of greenery

  • Our plates and glasses (there were many of the latter) peeped at us from a bower of roses, and bosky dells of greenery.

    My Friend the Chauffeur

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • The path she had taken led through a narrow lane, overhung with blossoms and greenery.

    The Weavers, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • As she spoke there was a slight rustling in the path through the greenery, and Olivia emerged upon the edge of the bank.

    The Clammer and the Submarine

    William John Hopkins

  • Emerging from a lock came a bower of greenery rather than a steamer.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • The narrower reaches were all overshadowed by the long grass until you had to part the greenery to see the water.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for greenery


noun plural -ries

green foliage or vegetation, esp when used for decoration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for greenery

1797, from green + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper