spin·​ach | \ˈspi-nich \

Definition of spinach 

1 : an Asian herb (Spinacia oleracea) of the goosefoot family cultivated for its edible leaves which form in a dense basal rosette also : its leaves

2a : something unwanted, pretentious, or spurious

b : an untidy overgrowth

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from spinach

spinachlike \ˈspi-​nich-​ˌlīk \ adjective
spinachy \ˈspi-​ni-​chē \ adjective

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Toss the spinach with the lemon juice, then scatter the leaves on top. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 Cooking or soaking the spinach first reduces how much of this compound gets absorbed during digestion. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Spinach Is the Legit Superfood You Need in Your Life," 22 Mar. 2018 Add spinach to the pot and gently toss until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Curry-Poached Salmon with Peppers," 16 Aug. 2018 Add half the spinach, stir through for a minute to wilt slightly, and then add the remaining half. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Keep a bowl of them at your desk at work to munch on, or go with other magnesium-rich foods such as edamame and leafy greens like spinach and kale. Isadora Baum, Health.com, "6 Self-Care Habits That Ease PMS Symptoms, According to Gynecologists," 5 Apr. 2018 Some dark green vegetables like spinach, kale, mustard greens and broccoli contain calcium but in a smaller amount than dairy products. Rochelle Koff, miamiherald, "You may feel like 20, but you can’t eat like one — the best foods to eat as you age | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018 But the spinach and sausage bites in the dish added a robust quality. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 Top with the remaining potatoes and then the spinach. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spinach.' 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 spinach

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spinach

Middle English spinache, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French espinaces, from Medieval Latin spinachium, ultimately from Arabic isfānākh, from Pers

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spinach

Statistics for spinach

Last Updated

28 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spinach

The first known use of spinach was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spinach



English Language Learners Definition of spinach

: a plant with dark green leaves that are eaten as a vegetable


spin·​ach | \ˈspi-nich \

Kids Definition of spinach

: a garden plant with usually large dark green leaves that are eaten cooked or raw as a vegetable

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on spinach

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with spinach

Spanish Central: Translation of spinach

Nglish: Translation of spinach for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of spinach for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about spinach

Comments on spinach

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


to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

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!