col·​lard ˈkä-lərd How to pronounce collard (audio)
: a cabbage (Brassica oleracea acephala) related to kale and having a loose head of stalked smooth leaves
also : its leaves cooked and eaten as a vegetable
usually used in plural

called also collard greens

Examples of collard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No matter how many bunches of curly kale, sturdy collard greens and steely chard arrive each week, there’s always a place on my table for their floppy, verdant magic. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 Collard Greens Calcium content: 327 mg per 1 cup of collard greens cooked in oil, or 32.7% of the DV12 This Southern favorite has 335 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A and serves up more than one-quarter of your daily calcium needs. Christine Mattheis, Health, 30 Mar. 2024 This will take 5 to 10 minutes for most greens, but tough collard greens might take 15 minutes. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Classic Southern barbecue sides like collard greens, baked beans, mac and cheese, and potato salad are pure comfort in a vibrant, airy space across from the Baird Center and just a couple blocks from Fiserv Forum. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 The same can be done with collard greens to even greater benefit. Adrienne Cheatham, CNN, 3 Mar. 2024 This fancy dish gives beloved collards a festive twist. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 Order: The brisket, which is marbled, juicy, and glorious, plus a side of collard greens. Kayla Stewart, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2024 This vegetable could be your new favorite salad Chef Adrienne Cheatham explains the versatility of collard greens — kale’s underrated cousin. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History


alteration of colewort

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of collard was in 1755

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“Collard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


col·​lard ˈkäl-ərd How to pronounce collard (audio)
: a kale with smooth leaves that grow at the top of a short thick stalk

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