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[green-swawrd] /ˈgrinˌswɔrd/
green, grassy turf.
Origin of greensward
1590-1600; green + sward
Related forms
greenswarded, adjective Unabridged
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  • A tablecloth, white as the driven snow, is spread upon the greensward, by the margin of a fountain.

  • There is no greensward in the tropics, grass is not cultivated, and hay is never made.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • Close by in the greensward an absurd pet lamb was tugging and bouncing at the end of its stingy tether.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • And he turned the mare to the side of the road and allowed her to nibble at the greensward.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • Over the greensward William lightly bore his lady, while radiant was the cleared sky above the happy dancers.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • Behind the house the greensward slopes to a wheat-field that is like a wall of gold.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Quick as light the horses caught the greensward with mighty strides.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • This had just happened while she was lying on the greensward gazing up into the sky.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • The wooden workshops had been erected upon the grass, but the greensward soon disappeared.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • She nodded a farewell, and moved briskly across the greensward to the house.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for greensward


(archaic or literary) fresh green turf or an area of such turf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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