\ ˈkāl How to pronounce kale (audio) \

Definition of kale

1a : 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
b : cole
2 slang : money

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Synonyms for kale


bread [slang], bucks, cabbage [slang], cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], legal tender, lolly [British], long green [slang], loot, lucre, money, moola (or moolah) [slang], needful, pelf, scratch [slang], shekels (also sheqels), tender, wampum

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Examples of kale in a Sentence

trying to scrape up the kale to buy more dope

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Urban Remedy’s kale chips and zucchini chips were light and crisp. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 There are still some old favorites, like roasted kale chips and skin-on barbecue chicken thigh with warm cornbread and potato salad. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "World-Class Chef Reimagines School Lunch In New London," 2 June 2018 Spicy, tangy sauce overwhelmed Buffalo chicken bites and kale chips were a little greasy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Kimbal Musk's Next Door restaurant opens at former Double 8 Foods in Meridian-Kessler," 30 Apr. 2018 Products: Apples, half-runner beans, honey, homemade pies, kale chips, cookies, eggs, wine, gift soaps, jelly, jam, marmalade, red velvet fudge brownies, sweet potatoes, okra, zucchini. Nancy Daly, Cincinnati.com, "The calendar says spring. Can farmers markets be far behind?," 23 Apr. 2018 This place has everything: desk sets, key fobs, kale chips, Roman J Israel, Esquire. Hillary Busis, HWD, "S.N.L.: Everything Stefon Said in His Glorious Return to Weekend Update," 18 Mar. 2018 In the seafood and meat section, there is a rustic beef short rib and mushroom ragout ($28), and octopus a la plancha ($31) mixed with butter beans, blood oranges and kale chips. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018 Pickled in soy sauce and chili flakes and tempura fried, however, knotweed is tastier than a kale chip. Ryan Knighton, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Is in the Muck," 6 Oct. 2016 Sesame kale and quinoa bowls, pappardelle in tomato sauce and tuscan-spiced code, amongst many other things. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of kale

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

History and Etymology for kale

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

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English Language Learners Definition of kale

: a type of cabbage that has wrinkled leaves


\ ˈkāl How to pronounce kale (audio) \

Kids Definition of kale

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

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