olive drab

pl. olive drabs for 3.
1. a deep olive color.
2. woolen cloth of this color, used esp. for U.S. Army uniforms.
3. a military uniform made from this cloth.
[1895-1900]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • olive drab — n. 1. any of various shades of greenish brown, much used as a camouflage color in the armed forces 2. woolen cloth dyed this color and used for uniforms by the U.S. Army 3. [pl.] a uniform of this cloth olive drab adj …   English World dictionary

  • olive drab — adjective dark gray green in color, like many military uniforms …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Olive Drab — Military term for the colour in which the cloth for the uniforns of the U.S. Army were dyed during the 1914 1918 War and which was developed from khaki. Army specifications prescribed the following tests for the fastness of this dye in cloth. (1) …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • olive drab — noun 1. a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown • Syn: ↑drab • Hypernyms: ↑olive 2. military uniform of the United States Army; made from cloth of a dull olive color • Syn: ↑olive drab uniform • …   Useful english dictionary

  • olive-drab — adjective of a light brownish green color • Syn: ↑drab • Similar to: ↑chromatic * * * olive drabˈ adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑olive …   Useful english dictionary

  • olive-drab — colorful colorful adj. 1. having striking color. Opposite of {colorless}. Note: [Narrower terms: {changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot}; {deep, rich}; {flaming}; {fluorescent, glowing}; {prismatic}; {psychedelic}; {red, ruddy, flushed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • olive drab — 1. noun a) A greyish green colour, like that of a ripe green olive. b) Cloth of an olive drab colour, used often for military uniforms. 2. adjective Of a greyish green colour, like that of a ripe green olive …   Wiktionary

  • olive drab — noun Date: 1878 1. a grayish olive 2. a. a wool or cotton fabric of an olive drab color b. a uniform of this fabric …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • olive-drab — See olive drab. * * * …   Universalium

  • olive drab — noun (U) especially AmE a greyish green colour, used especially in military uniforms olive drab adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • olive drab — ol′ive drab′ n. 1) a deep olive color 2) tex woolen cloth of this color, used esp. for military uniforms 3) mil Usu., olive drabs. a military uniform made from this cloth • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

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