Definition of chard in US English:


(also Swiss chard)


  • A beet of a variety with broad white leaf stalks that may be prepared and eaten separately from the green parts of the leaf.

    • ‘After baby leaf salad greens, Biernbaum recommends growing leafy vegetables like spinach, chard and beet greens in winter.’
    • ‘Add in the chard and parsnip, season generously with salt and pepper, and cook for five more minutes, until the vegetables start to color.’
    • ‘The gardeners plant a good mix of vegetables, including cucumbers, snap beans, leaf lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Swiss chard, beets, onions and more.’
    • ‘Vegetables that thrive when planted in containers include: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, carrots, chard, lettuce, beans, peas, and cucumbers.’
    • ‘I had a side salad of rocket, chard, oak leaf lettuce and balsamic vinegar, which was very over-salted.’
    • ‘Nicho set to work cleaning and chopping the chard, which we sautéed quickly with olive oil, a dash of white wine, sea salt, and - at Nicho's wise suggestion - a few dabs of Dijon mustard stirred in at the very end.’
    • ‘In a large bowl, combine the broad beans, chard, raw peas, tomatoes, spring onions, herbs, aduki beans and millet.’
    • ‘Garden Coordinator Vanessa Passarelli provided a roving cart loaded with trays for lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, celery root, and fresh herbs to spruce up the school's salads.’
    • ‘Add the chard and sauté until wilted, about two minutes.’
    • ‘Start and end the gardening season with cold-hardy vegetables that tolerate frost, such as peas, lettuce, cole crops, beets, and chard.’
    • ‘Add in the chopped chard and herbs, and mix again until thoroughly combined.’
    • ‘Leaf shapes can be large and broader than chard, or nearly as frilly as parsley.’
    • ‘However, unlike Swiss chard, beets have both edible greens and roots.’
    • ‘If you can't find it (farmer's markets are your best bet), go for curly kale, Swiss chard, ruby chard or Savoy cabbage.’
    • ‘Highly perishable products such as chard and other greens can degrade before or shortly after arriving in the marketplace, disappointing both producers and consumers.’
    • ‘We worried that our chard and kale bunches were of variable size.’
    • ‘Place on the plate with the chard, and drizzle with olive oil.’
    • ‘You may add anything you wish from the garden to the egg mixture - sautéed peppers, mushrooms, courgettes or wilted chard are particularly delicious.’
    • ‘She researched vitamins and antioxidants and began brewing batches of water fortified with grape leaves, spinach, Swiss chard, mangoes, apples and other garden goodies that soothe the skin.’


Mid 17th century: from French carde, perhaps influenced by chardon ‘thistle’.