adjective, green·er, green·est.
- (of sand) sufficiently moist to form a compact lining for a mold without further treatment.
- (of a casting) as it comes from the mold.
- (of a powder, in powder metallurgy) unsintered.
- fresh leaves or branches of trees, shrubs, etc., used for decoration; wreaths.
- the leaves and stems of plants, as spinach, lettuce, or cabbage, used for food.
- a blue-green uniform of the U.S. Army.
verb (used with or without object)
- greeked text,
- greeley, horace,
- greely, adolphus washington,
- green about the gills,
- green alga,
- green algae,
- green audit,
- green bag
Origin of green
Examples from the Web for greens
Greens also were less than enthusiastic about new massive public works.
Greens Powder - I try to eat lots of dark leafy greens in my diets but somedays are more difficult than others.These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet|Ari Meisel|December 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The point of the Santa Claus myth is to compel children to play nice, finish their greens, and go to bed early.
In short, the Greens are asking the court to classify for-profit corporations as having religious consciences.Is Forced Religious Belief Coming to an Employer Near You?|Jamelle Bouie|November 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Iridescent colors came in combinations of deep reds, purples, golds, and greens.
This is the locust tree, and May is its time for leafing out in the tenderest of greens.Among the Trees at Elmridge|Ella Rodman Church
Lawns, hedges, vines, and all the greens seemed washed and preened to meet the sun.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
They have greens and vegetables at all times and seasons of the year.Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup
I never knew why Greens history thrilled me with the vigor of romance until I read his biography.Optimism|Helen Keller
Wild onions are excellent as antiscorbutics; also wild grapes and greens.The Prairie Traveler|Randolph Marcy
- the edible leaves and stems of certain plants, eaten as a vegetable
- freshly cut branches of ornamental trees, shrubs, etc, used as a decoration
Word Origin for green
"freshly cut branches used for decoration," 1690s; "vegetables," 1725, from green. Greens "ecology political party," first recorded 1978, from German die Grünen (West Germany), an outgrowth of Grüne Aktion Zukunft "Green Campaign for the Future," a mainly anti-nuclear power movement, and/or grüne Listen "green lists" (of environmental candidates). Green (adj.) in the sense of "environmental" is attested from 1972; Greenpeace, the international conservation and environmental protection group, is from 1971.
Old English grene "green, young, immature, raw," earlier groeni, from West Germanic *gronja- (cf. Old Saxon grani, Old Frisian grene, Old Norse grænn, Danish grøn, Dutch groen, Old High German gruoni, German grün), from PIE root *ghre- "grow" (see grass), through sense of "color of living plants."
Meaning "a field, grassy place" was in Old English. Sense of "of tender age, youthful" is from early 15c.; hence "gullible" (c.1600). The color of jealousy at least since Shakespeare (1596); "Greensleeves," ballad of an inconstant lady-love, is from 1570s. Green light in figurative sense of "permission" is from 1937. Green and red as signals on railways first attested 1883, as nighttime substitutes for semaphore flags. Green beret originally "British commando" is from 1949. Green room "room for actors when not on stage" is from 1701; presumably a well-known one was painted green.
Old English grenian (see green (n.,adj.)). Related: Greened; greening.
In addition to the idioms beginning with green
- green about the gills
- green light, the
- green thumb
- green with envy
- grass is always greener