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Origin of coleslaw

1785–95; < Dutch koolsla, equivalent to kool cabbage, cole + sla, contraction of salade salad Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for coleslaw

sauerkraut, coleslaw, kale, savoy, broccoli, colewort

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Historical Examples of coleslaw

  • There were gallons of potato salad and coleslaw, mountains of rolls, barrels of punch, and enough hot dogs to feed a small army.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for coleslaw


  1. a salad of shredded cabbage, mayonnaise, carrots, onions, etc

Word Origin for coleslaw

C19: from Dutch koolsla, from koolsalade, literally: cabbage salad
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Word Origin and History for coleslaw

also cole-slaw, cole slaw, 1794, American English, partial translation of Dutch koolsla, from kool "cabbage" (see cole) + sla "salad" (see slaw). Commonly cold slaw in English until 1860s, when Middle English cole "cabbage" was revived.

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