Definition of cabbage patch in English:

cabbage patch

Pronunciation /ˈkabɪdʒ patʃ/


  • 1A distinct area of land used for growing cabbages.

  • 2Figurative and in extended use. Frequently (chiefly North American): (traditionally, as in explanation to children) the place where newborn babies are found.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Vancouver (bap. 1756, d. ?1815), agricultural improver and writer. From cabbage + patch.