spin·​ach ˈspi-nich How to pronounce spinach (audio)
: an Asian herb (Spinacia oleracea) of the goosefoot family cultivated for its edible leaves which form in a dense basal rosette
also : its leaves
: something unwanted, pretentious, or spurious
: an untidy overgrowth
spinachlike adjective
spinachy adjective

Examples of spinach in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To vary diets, try lettuce on Monday and spinach on Wednesday. Nafeesah Allen, Parents, 27 Nov. 2023 Indirect sources include yellow, red, and green leafy vegetables like spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and red peppers, in addition to yellow fruits like mangoes, papaya, and apricots. Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 24 Nov. 2023 Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, are a form of insoluble fiber that cannot be broken down in water and absorbed by the body. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 21 Nov. 2023 Leafy greens Leafy greens like kale, spinach, lettuce, and bok choy are packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and K, iron, and folate. Christine Byrne, Mph, SELF, 13 Nov. 2023 For cooking the ham, onions, and spinach. Vidalia or other sweet onions: Caramelized for a rich, sweet flavor in the casserole. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 At the very end, for serving, a handful of spinach is briefly plunged into boiling water. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Add the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 1–2 minutes more. Leah Koenig, Saveur, 20 Sep. 2023 Plant now from seed or seedlings: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, peas, leeks, fava beans. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Spinach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinach. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


spin·​ach ˈspin-ich How to pronounce spinach (audio)
: a widely grown plant with dark green leaves that are used as food
also : the leaves

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