: 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)

Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cole was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of several closely related crop plants (as broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage) related to the mustards

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Thomas 1801–1848 American (English-born) painter
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