General English


  • noun a person with a concern for ecological and environmental problems



  • adjective denotes a wicket with a relatively lush covering of grass that retains early morning moisture well into the day, producing conditions favourable to movement of the ball off the pitch
    Citation ‘England, coping well with a green Calcutta wicket – which in those days and for some years afterwards was the best wicket for pace bowlers in India – had made 403’ (Bose 1990)


  • adjective showing concern about or sensitivity towards environmental issues


  • adjective supporting or promoting the protection of the environment
  • noun a supporter or advocate of protecting the environment, especially a member of a political party concerned with environmental issues


  • noun money. Banknotes of all denominations are green in the USA. In Britain, pound notes were green until replaced by coins in the 1980s.
  • noun a £5 note or the sum of five pounds. The UK banknote is dark turquoise in colour.
  • noun weed, from the usual colour of herbal cannabis. A fashionable synonym for the earlier grass, heard especially since 2000.


  • noun the closely mown area at the end of a fairway on a golf course on which the hole for the ball is located


  • used to describe a wine that is still too acidic or too young to drink and enjoy
  • used to describe a wine with high acidity and grassy flavours

Origin & History of “green”

Green is pre-eminently the colour of growing plants, and so appropriately it was formed from the same prehistoric Germanic base, *grō-, as produced the verb grow. Its west and north Germanic derivative *gronjaz gave German grün, Dutch groen, Swedish grön, and Danish grøn as well as English green.