\ˈkāl \

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

Examples of kale in a Sentence

trying to scrape up the kale to buy more dope

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Grilling works great for tougher greens like kale, collards, and chard. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Vegetarian Grilling Ideas Sure To Impress Even The Judge-iest BBQ Guests," 3 July 2018 This dish consists of chicken and shrimp with cucumber, kale, spinach, seaweed salad, cheese, tempura crunch, and teriyaki sauce. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018 Chili's tried winning over millennial customers with food trends like kale and quinoa, but the casual dining chain is giving up on the pursuit after a slump in sales. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Chili's data breach leaves credit and debit card information exposed," 13 May 2018 Dark leafy greens There has been a lot of praise for kale in recent years and the accolades are deserved. chicagotribune.com, "Feed your bones with these crucial foods," 1 Apr. 2018 The same fall planting strategies apply to other classic brassicas like kale and cabbage. Hilary Dahl, Good Housekeeping, "4 Essential Tips For Planning Your Fall Garden—And 5 Veggies You Can Still Plant In August," 3 Aug. 2017 In the current wellness world of $11 juices made of kale and chlorophyll and a price tag of $85 to freeze your entire body for three minutes, that's a steal. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "I Paid $25 For a 45-Minute Nap at NYC’s New Sleep Store—and Yes, It Was Dreamy," 13 July 2018 AP California was an easy target, with Allen joking that all food was made of kale, and Wonder Bread had to be bought illegally from vans in the darkness of night. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: At Milwaukee gig, Tim Allen shows why 'Last Man Standing' will be a hit once again," 23 June 2018 Chard, spinach, collards, kale, cabbage, bok choy and other Asian greens are common in the world’s homemade soups. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018

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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


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Kids Definition of kale

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

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