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Origin of cole

before 1000; Middle English col(e), Old English cāl, cāw(e)l < Latin caulis stalk, cabbage; cognate with Greek kaulós stalk. See kohlrabi
Also called colewort.


  1. Nat “King”Nathaniel Adams Coles, 1919?–65, U.S. singer and jazz pianist.
  2. Thomas,1801–48, U.S. painter, born in England: a founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.
  3. Timothy,1852–1931, U.S. wood engraver, born in England.
  4. a male given name.


  1. Thomas ColemanCole, 1844–1916, U.S. outlaw, associated with Jesse James. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cole

cabbage, cole, collard, colewort

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  1. any of various plants of the genus Brassica, such as the cabbage and rapeAlso called: colewort

Word Origin for cole

Old English cāl, from Latin caulis plant stalk, cabbage


  1. Nat `King', real name Nathaniel Adams Cole. 1917–65, US popular singer and jazz pianist
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Word Origin and History for cole

"cabbage," late Old English cawel, perhaps via Old Norse kal, from Latin caulis "stem, stalk, cabbage" (source of Italian cavolo, Spanish col, Old French chol, French chou; also borrowed elsewhere in Germanic, e.g. Swedish kal, Danish kaal, German kohl, Dutch kool).

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