1A cultivated plant eaten as a vegetable, having thick green or purple leaves surrounding a spherical heart or head of young leaves.
- Brassica oleracea, family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; the cabbage family). As well as the brassicas, the members of this family (known as crucifers) include the mustards and cresses together with many ornamentals (candytuft, alyssum, stocks, nasturtiums, wallflowers).
- In the school's garden are giant tufts of spinach, green peppers and cabbages planted according to eco-friendly and sustainable permaculture principles.
- Particularly good trap crops include: green lettuce, cabbage, calendula, marigolds, comfrey leaves, zinnias and beans.
- Other fields and cottage gardens grow grapevines on overhead trellises, the soil beneath the arches being densely planted with cabbages and other vegetables.
1.1 [mass noun] The leaves of cabbage, eaten as a vegetable: boiled cabbage
More example sentences
- The vegetables, a mixture of bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, were fresh and delicious.
- In the meantime it may help to avoid gas producing foods, including beans, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, radishes and onions.
- Add the onion, paprika, bay leaves, cabbage, carrot and potatoes.
2 informal A person who leads a dull or inactive life: the image of the housewife as a cabbage is prevalent
More example sentences
- Staying at home doesn't mean you should become a cabbage.
- She longs to resume a career, ‘I do not want to become a cabbage,’ she says.
- You just become a cabbage; bored to tears watching telly, with every day the same.
- Example sentences
- The original wild plant, known as wild or sea cabbage, still grows in some coastal areas of Europe, is occasionally gathered and eaten, and has a cabbagy flavour.
- The first time I had a Vietnamese fresh roll, it ruined the lugubrious, cabbagy egg roll for me forever.
- Down an alley-way comes the breeze, bringing gusts of foetid cabbagy air from the gratings over college kitchens along with its weight of moist droplets and spray.
Late Middle English: from Old French (Picard) caboche 'head', variant of Old French caboce, of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with cabbageBabbage
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: cab|bage
Definition of cabbage in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.