Definition of chard in English:


Syllabification: chard
Pronunciation: /CHärd


(also Swiss chard)
  • 1A beet of a variety with broad white leaf stalks that may be prepared and eaten separately from the green parts of the leaf.
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    • The gardeners plant a good mix of vegetables, including cucumbers, snap beans, leaf lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, beets, onions and more.
    • If you can't find it (farmer's markets are your best bet), go for curly kale, Swiss chard, ruby chard or Savoy cabbage.
    • Leaf shapes can be large and broader than chard, or nearly as frilly as parsley.
  • 1.1The blanched shoots of other plants, eaten as a vegetable, e.g., globe artichoke.
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    • Blanch the chard in boiling water for 1 minute until wilted.
    • Although a range of beautifully cooked vegetables appeared including chard, sage mash, roasted garlic, asparagus and aubergine, there was no real central feature.
    • Instead I chose mellow, tender chard and spinach, peppery arugula and watercress, and pleasantly bitter dandelion, escarole, and frisée.


mid 17th century: from French carde, perhaps influenced by chardon 'thistle'.

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