any of several cultivated varieties of a plant, Brassica oleracea capitata, of the mustard family, having a short stem and leaves formed into a compact, edible head.
the head or leaves of this plant, eaten cooked or raw.
Slang. money, especially paper money.
Chiefly British Informal.
a stupid, dull, or spiritless person.
a mentally impaired person who is unable to live independently; vegetable.
- cab·bage·like, adjective
Other definitions for cabbage (2 of 2)
cloth scraps that remain after a garment has been cut from a fabric and that by custom the tailor may claim.
Also called cab. such scraps used for reprocessing.
to steal; pilfer: He cabbaged whole yards of cloth.
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How to use cabbage in a sentence
I most often use this technique for filets of fish, but it’s also great for developing crispy bits on a tray of roasted cabbage or any number of other vegetables.
Journalist Anne Applebaum, formerly of The Washington Post, drew this similarity with her piece in the Atlantic last week that compared the vaccine rollout and scramble for appointments in Maryland to a Soviet line for cabbage.It’s Prague on the Potomac, as we wearily wait for a shot at the vaccine | Petula Dvorak | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
It extends the life of vegetables by days, or, in the case of cabbage, weeks.From the Cut: 33 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Foodie in Your Life | The Cut Staff | February 8, 2021 | Eater
You add chopped carrot and cabbage to the rice and stock, and then cook it all up in the rice maker’s porridge setting.
Potatoes, peas, cabbage and garlic all contribute to the hearty, healthy flavor, with some pasta just for the heck of it.This Weekend: Escape This Messy World With a Memoir | Joshua Eferighe | November 6, 2020 | Ozy
There was also the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, and the cookie diet.
The cooking odors of cabbage and meatloaf and carrots drifted through doorways.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life | Paul Hemphill | September 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The stewed cabbage is insanely tender, vegetable-sweet, and more luxurious than cabbage has a right to be.
Is she back in the orphanage where it smells like ammonia and cooked cabbage?
But equally super are Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage.
What of the infinite goodness of God in teaching the grub of the ichneumon-fly to eat up the cabbage caterpillar alive?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Beans and bacon, cabbage and brown hard dumplings, formed the bill of fare, which the men washed down with plenty of table beer.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
They never do anything but eat cabbage and cause gardeners to use bad language.The Whale and the Grasshopper | Seumas O'Brien
And they both think of the cabbage soup steaming in the pot that hangs from the hook right under the great chimney.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
When she reached the parlour where the cabbage soup was smoking on the table, Catherine shivered again.Child Life In Town And Country | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for cabbage (1 of 2)
wild cabbage a European plant, Brassica oleracea, with broad leaves and a long spike of yellow flowers: the plant from which the cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprout have been bred
the head of a cabbage
the edible leaf bud of the cabbage palm
informal a dull or unimaginative person
informal, offensive a person who has no mental faculties and is dependent on others for his or her subsistence
British Dictionary definitions for cabbage (2 of 2)
snippets of cloth appropriated by a tailor from a customer's material
to steal; pilfer
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