: a hardy cabbage (Brassica oleracea acephala) with curled often finely incised leaves that do not form a dense head
also : its leaves used as a vegetable
: cole
slang : money

Examples of kale in a Sentence

trying to scrape up the kale to buy more dope
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Word History


Scots, from Middle English (northern) cal, from Old English cāl — more at cole

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of kale was in the 14th century

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“Kale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kale. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a hardy cabbage with curly leaves that do not form a head

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