Definition of cabbage in US English:

cabbage

noun

  • 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 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)

    • ‘It becomes some sort of plant, like a cabbage, but bigger and with way more leaves.’
    • ‘Should your fall planter need a bit of extra color or more filler plants, ornamental cabbages will be the perfect final touch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We plant a few cabbages and some early lettuces, and that pretty well fills up our garden plot.’
    • ‘We grow all manner of vegetables from cabbages and carrots to marrows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
    • ‘To deter a whole range of insects that have an affinity for cabbages, practice good garden hygiene and rotate your crops.’
    • ‘But while they are growing he is cultivating the other cash crops including tomatoes, onions, cabbages, chilli peppers and coffee beans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They planted cabbages, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkin and carrots that are currently being harvested.’
    • ‘Particularly good trap crops include: green lettuce, cabbage, calendula, marigolds, comfrey leaves, zinnias and beans.’
    • ‘So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.’
    • ‘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 the school's garden are giant tufts of spinach, green peppers and cabbages planted according to eco-friendly and sustainable permaculture principles.’
    • ‘The highland Nainokanoka area is well suited for growing potatoes, cabbages, and other vegetables.’
    • ‘On extensive grounds, the school has a well organised vegetable and herb garden, where the children grow cabbages, onions, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, and garlic.’
    1. 1.1 The leaves of a head of cabbage, eaten as a vegetable.
      • ‘Studies show cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts have anti-cancer properties, especially when minimally cooked.’
      • ‘While liver is the best source of vitamin A, excellent vegetable sources are carrots, cabbage and broccoli.’
      • ‘This comes with fillings like chopped peas, carrots, beans, cabbage, onion, chilly, and all the garam masala ingredients.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mushrooms, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce are good snack foods, and they add highly desirable phytonutrients and fiber to your diet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the meantime it may help to avoid gas producing foods, including beans, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, radishes and onions.’
      • ‘Colcannon is a dish made of potato and either wild garlic, cabbage or curly kale.’
      • ‘Vegetables to stock up on include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and cauliflower.’
      • ‘Add the onion, paprika, bay leaves, cabbage, carrot and potatoes.’
      • ‘Vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and turnips may reduce the risk of cancerous tumors.’
      • ‘Vegetables such as cabbage, turnips, carrots, and broccoli are also popular as accompaniments to the meat and potatoes.’
      • ‘All those beans, chickpeas, lentils and vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, eggplant and onions gave me such gas I was miserable.’
      • ‘Next, fill your plate with cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale.’
      • ‘The vegetables, a mixture of bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, were fresh and delicious.’
      • ‘To include indirect antioxidants in your diet, eat daily servings of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and citrus fruits and drink green tea.’
      • ‘He could see whole boiled onions, carrots and cabbage, piled high.’
      • ‘The pie was packed with lean meat and came with a separate and very hot dish of vegetables (carrots, white cabbage and broccoli).’
      • ‘And the ones we custom-ordered, stuffed with onions, carrots and cabbage, are a good choice for vegetarians.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2informal Paper money.
      ‘I'd have cabbage galore in the bank if I were more frugal’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cabbage

/ˈkæbɪdʒ//ˈkabij/