\ ˈkōl How to pronounce cole (audio) \

Definition of cole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several brassicas especially : any of various crop plants (such as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi) derived from the same wild cabbage (Brassica oleracea)


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\ ˈkōl How to pronounce Cole (audio) \

Definition of Cole (Entry 2 of 2)

Thomas 1801–1848 American (English-born) painter

Examples of cole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Error 0: The boxes contained barbecue chicken, cole slaw, potato salad and a roll to the people in the cars waiting in the drive-thru line. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Education foundation, Hungry Jack partner to provide meals amid coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 The chain is known for sandwiches stacked high with meat, cheese, cole slaw, french fries and tomatoes between thick slices of Italian bread. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Two more Indianapolis-area Primanti Bros. sandwich shops have closed," 15 Jan. 2020 Even in plastic tubs, the sides carried their weight, from creamy and spicy Mexican corn to brisk purple cole slaw to the shops’s signature creamy mac and cheese fortified with crunchy chicharrones. Mike Sutter,, "San Antonio’s restaurant takeout stars: 2M Smokehouse, Clementine and Pasha shine during the coronavirus crisis," 23 Apr. 2020 Sides include such nice touches as a blue-cheese cole slaw, and a cup of rice suffused with lime and cilantro. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Lucky Taco Cantina and Tap Room in Manchester wows with its creative takes on tacos," 19 Sep. 2019 There will be three available meals for dine In or take out: The $12.00 Shrimp Meal includes eight shrimp, smashed potatoes, cole slaw and bread. The $4.00 Kids Meal tempts with mac and cheese, applesauce, bread and a beverage. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Food and food for thought go well together," 24 Feb. 2020 In 2002, the Kowalski Sausage company bought Home Style foods, makers of Kowalski-brand deli salads including cole slaw, seafood salad, macaroni salad and dips sold at deli counters and grocery stores. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Popular Hamtramck deli salad, pierogi and dip maker cited for listeria," 15 Jan. 2020 The cole slaw is a thick, mayonnaisey variety, but the okra is a treat — deftly fried and nicely seasoned without a hint of slimy texture. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Harold's Chicken Shack is a Chicago icon. Here's what to try at the first Arizona location," 20 Nov. 2019 Usually there will be bagels and lox, tuna salad, egg salad or hard-cooked or deviled eggs, noodle kugel, some sort of vegetable like cole slaw or cucumber salad, fruit, and then small pastries like rugelach or mandel bread or the like for dessert. Stacey Ballis,, "Break the fast for Yom Kippur with mini noodle kugels and everything bagel salad," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cole


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cole


Middle English, from Old English cāl, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage; akin to Greek kaulos stem, Latvian kauls

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“Cole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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