Meaning of cole in English:


Pronunciation /kəʊl/

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mainly archaic
  • A brassica, especially cabbage, kale, or rape.

    ‘The only vegetables to avoid are any of the cole crops, such as cabbage, mustard or broccoli.’
    • ‘Start and end the gardening season with cold-hardy vegetables that tolerate frost, such as peas, lettuce, cole crops, beets, and chard.’
    • ‘In general, you can fertilize transplanted vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, head lettuce, and cole crops) and corn about 3 to 4 weeks after planting.’
    • ‘Vegetables such as cole crops, eggplants, onions, peppers and tomatoes really need to be started indoors in order to mature in a timely fashion.’
    • ‘By studying how it works with one or more particular varieties, scientists will be able to devise strategies for breeding resistance in new and better broccolis - as well as in related cole crops, such as cauliflower and cabbage.’


Old English cāwel, caul, related to Dutch kool and German Kohl, from Latin caulis ‘stem, cabbage’; reinforced in Middle English by forms from Old Norse kál. Compare with kale.