col·​can·​non käl-ˈka-nən How to pronounce colcannon (audio)
: potatoes and cabbage boiled and mashed together with butter and seasoning

Examples of colcannon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eating colcannon on Halloween, however, is traditional. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 Menu: soda bread with Irish whiskey butter and fried cabbage and rashers; pork bangers and Irish colcannon with red onion gravy and blarney stones and Irish bananas. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 Goshen’s farm-to-table favorite will feature corned beef made in-house, served with traditional Irish colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 Come Halloween, per Irish custom, the restaurant will slip wrapped coins into its colcannon. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Guests can choose corned beef and cabbage, fish cakes with colcannon or vegetarian shepherd’s pie for their entrée and Irish apple cake or a Guinness chocolate cupcake for dessert. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2021 Flavors of the Past: Chefs at Naper Settlement will host a video on how to make colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes, at 7 p.m. Michelle Mullins,, 6 Mar. 2021 Or enjoy potatoes and cabbage in a different incarnation: mashed together and enriched with cream in colcannon. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 16 Mar. 2020 Thus the classic Irish dish corned beef and cabbage, not to mention colcannon. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Irish cál ceannan, literally, white-speckled cabbage

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colcannon was circa 1785

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“Colcannon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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