Definition of green adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡriːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːn//
    (greener, greenest) Conservation
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  1. 1  having the colour of grass or the leaves of most plants and trees green beans Wait for the light to turn green (= on traffic lights).
  2. covered with grass
  3. 2  covered with grass or other plants green fields/hills After the rains, the land was green with new growth.
  4. fruit
  5. 3  not yet ready to eat green tomatoes
  6. politics
  7. 4   concerned with the protection of the environment; supporting the protection of the environment as a political principle green politics Try to adopt a greener lifestyle. the Green Party Wordfinderbiodiversity, conservation, endanger, the environment, extinct, green, managed, species, sustainable, toxic See related entries: Conservation
  8. person
  9. 5(informal) (of a person) young and lacking experience The new trainees are still very green.
  10. 6(of a person or their skin) being a pale colour, as if the person is going to vomit It was a rough crossing and most of the passengers looked distinctly green.
  11. Word OriginOld English grēne (adjective), grēnian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch groen, German grün, also to grass and grow.Extra examples an olive green carpet the lush green grass wearing an emerald green dress It was a rough crossing and most of the passengers looked distinctly green.Idioms
    the grass is (always) greener on the other side (of the fence)
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    (saying) said about people who never seem happy with what they have and always think that other people have a better situation than they have
    very jealous
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: green