green ( greens plural) ( greener comparative) ( greenest superlative )
1 colour Green is the colour of grass or leaves.
...shiny red and green apples..., Yellow and green together make a pale green.
2 adj A place that is green is covered with grass, plants, and trees and not with houses or factories.
Cairo has only thirteen square centimetres of green space for each inhabitant.
...the lush greenness of the river valleys.
3 adj Green issues and political movements relate to or are concerned with the protection of the environment.
The power of the Green movement in Germany has made that country a leader in the drive to recycle more waste materials.
4 adj If you say that someone or something is green, you mean they harm the environment as little as possible.
...trying to persuade governments to adopt greener policies...
A Swiss company offers to help environmental investors by sending teams round factories to ascertain their greenness.
5 n-count Greens are members of green political movements.
The Greens see themselves as a radical alternative to the two major British political parties.
6 n-count A green is a smooth, flat area of grass around a hole on a golf course.
...the 18th green.
7 n-count A green is an area of land covered with grass, especially in a town or in the middle of a village.
...the village green.
8 n-in-names Green is used in the names of places that contain or used to contain an area of grass.
9 n-plural You can refer to the cooked leaves of vegetables such as spinach or cabbage as greens.
10 adj If you say that someone is green, you mean that they have had very little experience of life or a particular job.
He was a young lad, very green, very immature.
11 If you say that someone is green with envy, you mean that they are very envious indeed.
green with envy phrase v-link PHR
12 If someone has green fingers, they are very good at gardening and their plants grow well.
green fingers phrase
You don't need green fingers to fill your home with lush leaves.
in AM, use a green thumb
to give someone the green light →
bottle-green , bottle green
Something that is bottle-green is dark green in colour. colour
bowling green ( bowling greens plural ) A bowling green is an area of very smooth, short grass on which the game of bowls or lawn bowling is played. n-count
green bean ( green beans plural ) Green beans are long narrow beans that are eaten as a vegetable. n-count usu pl
green belt ( green belts plural ) A green belt is an area of land with fields or parks around a town or city, where people are not allowed to build houses or factories by law. n-count
Green Beret ( Green Berets plural ) A Green Beret is a British or American commando.
green card ( green cards plural ) A green card is a document showing that someone who is not a citizen of the United States has permission to live and work there. n-count
Nicollette married Harry so she could get a green card.
green onion ( green onions plural ) Green onions are small onions with long green leaves.
(mainly AM) n-count
in BRIT, usually use spring onions
Green Paper ( Green Papers plural ) In Britain, a Green Paper is a document containing ideas about a particular subject that is published by the Government so that people can discuss them before any decisions are made. n-count
TheGreen Party is a political party that is particularly concerned about protecting the environment. n-proper
green pepper ( green peppers plural ) A green pepper is an unripe pepper that is used in cooking or eaten raw in salads. n-count
green revolution , Green Revolution
Thegreen revolution is the increase in agricultural production that has been made possible by the use of new types of crops and new farming methods, especially in developing countries. n-sing
green salad ( green salads plural ) A green salad is a salad made mainly with lettuce and other green vegetables. n-var
lime green , lime-green
Something that is lime green is light yellowish-green in colour. colour
putting green ( putting greens plural ) A putting green is a very small golf course on which the grass is kept very short and on which there are no obstacles. n-count
sea-green , sea green
Something that is sea-green is a bluish-green colour like the colour of the sea. colour
...her sea-green eyes.