Definition of coleslaw in US English:



  • Sliced raw cabbage mixed with mayonnaise and other vegetables, eaten as a salad.

    • ‘Mix equal parts low fat mayonnaise and yogurt and use to dress coleslaw or potato salad.’
    • ‘Salad options include green salad, creamy coleslaw, marinated vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) and macaroni salad.’
    • ‘I chose a cold baked salmon salad with homemade coleslaw, potato salad and brown bread.’
    • ‘These varieties are often used for making coleslaw and other cabbage salads.’
    • ‘Freshly made sandwiches with side salad, coleslaw and potato crisps were priced at £3.50.’


Late 18th century (originally US): from Dutch koolsla, from kool ‘cabbage’ + sla (see slaw).