[ green-lit ]

  1. any of various small vireos of the genus Hylophilus, having greenish plumage, found in Central and South America.

Origin of greenlet

First recorded in 1830–35; green + -let; a partial translation of Latin vireō; see vireo

Words Nearby greenlet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use greenlet in a sentence

  • I wondered, by the bye, whether my speech was as unintelligible to the greenlet as hers was to me.

    A Rambler's lease | Bradford Torrey
  • At last we had before us the rare and long-desired Philadelphia greenlet.

    The Foot-path Way | Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for greenlet


/ (ˈɡriːnlɪt) /

  1. a vireo, esp one of the genus Hylophilus

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