Definition of cabbage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkabij/


1A cultivated plant eaten as a vegetable, having thick green or purple leaves surrounding a spherical heart or head of young leaves.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The leaves of a head of cabbage, eaten as a vegetable.
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.
1.2 informal Paper money: I’d have cabbage galore in the bank if I were more frugal



Example sentences
  • We are more cabbagey as a nation because of a head of cabbage, and with its help we can aspire to higher and higher levels of vegetative wonder.
  • The cabbage soup is good and hearty, filling, high in flavor, not overly cabbagey, and served with a warm pita.
  • Tuck into this crisp, light, elegantly herby, 13 per cent alcohol summer food-suitable white with plenty of rich, cabbagey, mature Chardonnay fruit on the finish while you can.


Late Middle English: from Old French (Picard) caboche 'head', variant of Old French caboce, of unknown origin.

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