Definition of cabbage in English:



  • 1A cultivated plant eaten as a vegetable, having thick green or purple leaves surrounding a spherical heart or head of young leaves.

    • ‘At the top, she could not bear to look long at anything, the pond, the friendly profile of the collapsing house, the tiny meadow in which she had half-hoped to plant cabbages and beans in the spring.’
    • ‘In one of them, he urged his readers to plant the pine cabbage which stands unharmed through the icy Beijing winter, ready for use when the spring thaw arrives.’
    • ‘It becomes some sort of plant, like a cabbage, but bigger and with way more leaves.’
    • ‘The highland Nainokanoka area is well suited for growing potatoes, cabbages, and other vegetables.’
    • ‘We plant a few cabbages and some early lettuces, and that pretty well fills up our garden plot.’
    • ‘Hidden behind trellises that enclose the outdoor growing area are lush green cabbages, green beans, exotic lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, spinach and a number of herbs, mostly in containers.’
    • ‘We grow all manner of vegetables from cabbages and carrots to marrows.’
    • ‘They planted cabbages, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin and carrots that are currently being harvested.’
    • ‘To deter a whole range of insects that have an affinity for cabbages, practice good garden hygiene and rotate your crops.’
    • ‘In addition to sheep products (wool, hides, and meat), the islands grow vegetables such as potatoes, cabbages, and cauliflower.’
    • ‘Other fields and cottage gardens grow grapevines on overhead trellises, the soil beneath the arches being densely planted with cabbages and other vegetables.’
    • ‘Particularly good trap crops include: green lettuce, cabbage, calendula, marigolds, comfrey leaves, zinnias and beans.’
    • ‘Vendors said they are expecting a further price increase in the coming fortnight because flood waters may have unleashed more damage to fragile cash crops as pak choy, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbages and peppers.’
    • ‘In what may have been the key sequence of the day, his approach landed a few yards from the pin, but bounced hard, and settled in the cabbage behind the green.’
    • ‘But while they are growing he is cultivating the other cash crops including tomatoes, onions, cabbages, chilli peppers and coffee beans.’
    • ‘So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.’
    • ‘Should your fall planter need a bit of extra color or more filler plants, ornamental cabbages will be the perfect final touch.’
    • ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
    • ‘On extensive grounds, the school has a well organised vegetable and herb garden, where the children grow cabbages, onions, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and garlic.’
    • ‘In the school's garden are giant tufts of spinach, green peppers and cabbages planted according to eco-friendly and sustainable permaculture principles.’
    1. 1.1The leaves of a head of cabbage, eaten as a vegetable.
      • ‘The stove was always cooking up something hot to eat or drink, even if it was only fish, cabbage, carrots and potatoes, chapattis, nettle and onion soup and wild mint and blackberry leaf tea.’
      • ‘Add the onion, paprika, bay leaves, cabbage, carrot and potatoes.’
      • ‘The veggie and non-veggie versions were identical, save for the beef in the meat couscous, and the vegetables included zucchini, carrot, cabbage and big beefy lima beans.’
      • ‘In the meantime it may help to avoid gas producing foods, including beans, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, radishes and onions.’
      • ‘To include indirect antioxidants in your diet, eat daily servings of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and citrus fruits and drink green tea.’
      • ‘Vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and turnips may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors.’
      • ‘All those beans, chickpeas, lentils and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, eggplant and onions gave me such gas I was miserable.’
      • ‘And the ones we custom-ordered, stuffed with onions, carrots and cabbage, are a good choice for vegetarians.’
      • ‘Studies show cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts have anti-cancer properties, especially when minimally cooked.’
      • ‘This comes with fillings like chopped peas, carrots, beans, cabbage, onion, chilly, and all the garam masala ingredients.’
      • ‘Vegetarian bangers with cabbage and onion clapshot will humble many a meat-eater, while the earthy sweet potato, coconut and lentil soup is as genial as an old friend's embrace.’
      • ‘He could see whole boiled onions, carrots and cabbage, piled high.’
      • ‘While liver is the best source of vitamin A, excellent vegetable sources are carrots, cabbage and broccoli.’
      • ‘Vegetables to stock up on include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and cauliflower.’
      • ‘The vegetables, a mixture of bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, were fresh and delicious.’
      • ‘Mushrooms, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce are good snack foods, and they add highly desirable phytonutrients and fiber to your diet.’
      • ‘The pie was packed with lean meat and came with a separate and very hot dish of vegetables (carrots, white cabbage and broccoli).’
      • ‘Next, fill your plate with cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale.’
      • ‘Colcannon is a dish made of potato and either wild garlic, cabbage or curly kale.’
      • ‘Vegetables such as cabbage, turnips, carrots, and broccoli are also popular as accompaniments to the meat and potatoes.’
    2. 1.2informal Paper money.
      ‘I'd have cabbage galore in the bank if I were more frugal’


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