olive drab

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noun, plural olive drabs for 3.
  1. a deep olive color.
  2. woolen cloth of this color, used especially for U.S. Army uniforms.
  3. a military uniform made from this cloth.

Origin of olive drab

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Related Words for olive drab

gown, regalia, attire, garb, costume, suit, robe, dress, khaki, habit, regimentals, stripes, OD, livery

Examples from the Web for olive drab

Historical Examples of olive drab

  • When he was all dressed in his olive-drab she still could not let him go.

  • All at once they saw sunlight ahead of them and olive-drab uniforms.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • He watched the irregular files of men in olive-drab shambling by.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • The captain came in, brushing snow from his olive-drab uniform.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage

  • The uniform he wore under the benny was olive-drab with bars on his shoulder.

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage


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
  1. cloth or clothes in this colour, esp the uniform of the US ArmyAbbreviation: OD
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