Meaning of GREEN in English


adj., n., & v.


1. of the colour between blue and yellow in the spectrum; coloured like grass, emeralds, etc.

2 a covered with leaves or grass. b mild and without snow (a green Christmas).

3 (of fruit etc. or wood) unripe or unseasoned.

4 not dried, smoked, or tanned.

5 inexperienced, na{iuml}ve, gullible.

6 a (of the complexion) pale, sickly-hued. b jealous, envious.

7 young, flourishing.

8 not withered or worn out (a green old age).

9 vegetable (green food; green salad).

10 (also Green) concerned with or supporting protection of the environment as a political principle.

11 archaic fresh; not healed (a green wound).


1. a green colour or pigment.

2 green clothes or material (dressed in green).

3 a a piece of public or common grassy land (village green). b a grassy area used for a special purpose (putting-green; bowling-green). c Golf a putting-green. d Golf a fairway.

4 (in pl.) green vegetables.

5 vigour, youth, virility (in the green).

6 a green light.

7 a green ball, piece, etc., in a game or sport.

8 (also Green) a member or supporter of an environmentalist group or party.

9 (in pl.) sl. sexual intercourse.

10 sl. low-grade marijuana.

11 sl. money.

12 green foliage or growing plants.


1. tr. & intr. make or become green.

2 tr. sl. hoax; take in.

Phrases and idioms:

green belt an area of open land round a city, designated for preservation. Green Beret colloq. a British or American commando. green card an international insurance document for motorists. green cheese

1. cheese coloured green with sage.

2 whey cheese.

3 unripened cheese. Green Cloth (in full Board of Green Cloth) (in the UK) the Lord Steward's department of the Royal Household. green crop a crop used as fodder in a green state rather than as hay etc. green drake the common mayfly. green earth a hydrous silicate of potassium, iron, and other metals. green-eyed jealous. the green-eyed monster jealousy. green fat part of a turtle, highly regarded by gourmets. green-fee Golf a charge for playing one round on a course. green fingers skill in growing plants. green goose a goose killed under four months old and eaten without stuffing. green in a person's eye a sign of gullibility (do you see any green in my eye?). green leek any of several green-faced Australian parakeets. green light 1 a signal to proceed on a road, railway, etc.

2 colloq. permission to go ahead with a project. green linnet GREENFINCH. green manure growing plants ploughed into the soil as fertilizer. green meat grass and green vegetables as food. Green Paper (in the UK) a preliminary report of Government proposals, for discussion. green plover a lapwing. green pound the exchange rate for the pound for payments for agricultural produce in the EEC. green revolution greatly increased crop production in underdeveloped countries. green-room a room in a theatre for actors and actresses who are off stage. green-stick fracture a bone-fracture, esp. in children, in which one side of the bone is broken and one only bent. green tea tea made from steam-dried, not fermented, leaves. green thumb green fingers. green turtle a green-shelled sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, highly regarded as food. green vitriol ferrous sulphate crystals.


greenish adj. greenly adv. greenness n.

Etymology: OE grene (adj. & n.), grenian (v.), f. Gmc, rel. to GROW

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.