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

Examples of coleslaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Save enough ham, coleslaw and pie for Monday; cook and freeze enough plain rice for Wednesday. Andrews McMeel Syndication,, 19 June 2024 Bavarian Inn Frankenmuth The restaurant known for its famous chicken dinners will offer a buffet featuring a variety of salads, from Caesar to strawberry spinach salad, plus its famous Bavarian Inn coleslaw. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2024 Cost: Fish dinner: two pieces of fish, two sides and coleslaw for $14. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 22 Mar. 2024 Sides including macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and green beans sold separately. Bradley Hohulin, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for coleslaw 

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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 14 Jul. 2024.

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

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