English Forest Law.
  1. vegetation bearing green leaves in a forest and capable of serving as a cover for deer.
  2. the right to cut such vegetation.
Heraldry. the tincture, or color, green.


Heraldry. of the tincture green: a lion vert.

Origin of vert

1400–50; late Middle English verte < Anglo-French, Middle French vert, verd < Latin viridis green, equivalent to vir(ēre) to be green + -idis, apparently irregular for -idus -id4

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Examples from the Web for vert

Contemporary Examples of vert

Historical Examples of vert

  • That is the coat of the Blandamers—barry nebuly of six, argent and vert.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • A lizard (as supposed) vert, escaping from the trunk of an old tree, proper.

  • If he's going to 'vert in this insane way there isn't a day to lose.

    Under the Deodars

    Rudyard Kipling

  • This colour was derived from copper, and is called "vert de cuivre."

  • Litholres, of Litholres: Vert, a lion rampant, or sem of calthraps sable.

British Dictionary definitions for vert



English legal history
  1. the right to cut green wood in a forest
  2. the wood itself
  1. the colour green
  2. (as adjective, usually postpositive)a table vert

Word Origin for vert

C15: from Old French verd, from Latin viridis green, from virēre to grow green


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Word Origin and History for vert

mid-15c., from Anglo-French, Old French vert, from Latin viridem, viridis "green" (see verdure).


"to turn in some direction," 1570s, from Latin vertere (see versus).

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