cole·​slaw | \ ˈkōl-ˌslȯ How to pronounce coleslaw (audio) \

Definition of coleslaw

: a salad made of raw sliced or chopped cabbage

Examples of coleslaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Now, the bar doesn’t bread its own fish, but the cod is sweet, and the coleslaw, flecked with plenty of celery seed, is house-made. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 To prepare wraps: Spread a thin layer of plum sauce on tortilla; add about 1/4 cup coleslaw mix and 4 hot meatballs. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 day menu planner," 16 Mar. 2018 The cook prepared fried chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and sweet tea, which Michael served. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 The Food Network host posted several photos on Instagram on Monday, crediting a hotel chef with helping make pasta salad and coleslaw for the evacuees. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Guy Fieri helps feed California residents displaced by deadly wildfires," 31 July 2018 Other than the coleslaw, which was a little bland and underdressed, the sides and sauces that accompanied main dishes didn’t let the star attractions down. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Renowned Austin pit master John Lewis steers the food program, and the menu is simple, but abundant—large slabs of slow-smoked, melt-in-your-mouth brisket, smoked sausages, and an array of sides, like fluffy cornbread and tangy coleslaw. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 The American Red Beer is paired with a Carolina BBQ Hot Dog (Carolina Gold BBQ pulled pork topped with mustard vinaigrette coleslaw). Lauren Delgado,, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018 Serve it with coleslaw and corn muffins (from a mix). Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu," 23 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coleslaw.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of coleslaw

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coleslaw

Dutch koolsla, from kool cabbage + sla salad

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about coleslaw

Dictionary Entries near coleslaw








Statistics for coleslaw

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for coleslaw

The first known use of coleslaw was in 1794

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for coleslaw



English Language Learners Definition of coleslaw

: a salad made with chopped raw cabbage


cole·​slaw | \ ˈkōl-ˌslȯ How to pronounce coleslaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of coleslaw

: a salad made with chopped raw cabbage

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on coleslaw

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with coleslaw

Spanish Central: Translation of coleslaw

Nglish: Translation of coleslaw for Spanish Speakers

Comments on coleslaw

What made you want to look up coleslaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!