cole·​slaw ˈkōl-ˌslȯ How to pronounce coleslaw (audio)
: a salad made of raw sliced or chopped cabbage

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Refrigerate the hot dog rolls for up to 3 days; reheat in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes; refrigerate the coleslaw for up to 3 days. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 Want proof that not every coleslaw recipe needs cabbage? Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 The coleslaw is made with a ranch-like cream base instead of mayonnaise and is sweetened by large chunks of apple. Dallas News, 22 Feb. 2022 All dinners are served with a choice of potato: french fries or buttered potatoes, along with hot vegetables, bread, dessert, and homemade coleslaw. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2021 The coleslaw’s shredded cabbage came from a Prince Edward Island farm whose owner fertilized with raw manure from sheep (a source of Listeria). Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover Magazine, 11 June 2018 Sides include French fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, red beans and rice, and hushpuppies. The Courier-Journal, 20 Feb. 2023 Sides like mac and cheese, French fries and coleslaw are also available. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Jan. 2023 Red Lobster: Active-duty military personnel, veterans and reservists get a free Walt's Favorite Shrimp, fries and coleslaw. Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Dutch koolsla, from kool cabbage + sla salad

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coleslaw was in 1794

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“Coleslaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


cole·​slaw ˈkōl-ˌslȯ How to pronounce coleslaw (audio)
: a salad made of sliced or chopped raw cabbage

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