Definition of collards in US English:


(also collard greens)


North American
  • A cabbage of a variety that does not develop a heart.

    • ‘Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables like collards, kale, spinach, and broccoli.’
    • ‘Start cool-season veggies like cabbage, collards, carrots and cauliflower in July for a fantastic fall harvest.’
    • ‘Longer, gentler cooking brings out a low, earthy sweetness in chard, collards, or kale, an uncanny flavor that plays well with other things grown close to the ground.’
    • ‘Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, carrots, collards, garlic, kale, lettuce, mustard, swiss chard, spinach and turnips are all ‘frost tolerant’ crops.’
    • ‘In many regions it is an agricultural pest on domesticated varieties of Brassica oleracea, including cabbage, broccoli and collards.’


Mid 18th century: reduced form of colewort, in the same sense, from cole + wort.