Definition of bibb lettuce in US English:

bibb lettuce

(also Bibb)


North American
  • A variety of butterhead lettuce that has crisp dark-green leaves.

    • ‘The best salad types have very open heads and are often a pale green fading to yellow at the heart, about the color of bibb lettuce.’
    • ‘This salad is very simple: bibb lettuce dressed with browned butter with lemon added.’
    • ‘Make a bed of bibb lettuce and watercress leaves on each plate. Arrange the grapefruit and avocado sections on top.’
    • ‘A bibb lettuce salad came bearing wishy-washy Stilton vinaigrette - surprising, since the restaurant's Stilton sauce, an optional add-on to the broiled meats, is dazzling and addictive.’
    • ‘Grow a miniature version of romaine or bibb lettuce that's just the right size for an individual salad.’


Late 19th century: named after Jack Bibb (1789–1884), the American horticulturalist who developed it.


bibb lettuce

/ˈbib ˌledis/