a variety of kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, grown in the southern U.S., having a rosette of green leaves.
collards. Also called collard greens. the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable.

Origin of collard

1745–55; variant of colewort, with assimilation of -wort to -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for collard

cabbage, cole, collard, colewort

Examples from the Web for collard

Contemporary Examples of collard

Historical Examples of collard

  • The first dressing should be of collard leaves, prepared thus.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia

    Marion Cabell Tyree

  • The room was furnished like an English drawing-room, even to the Collard and Collard piano.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • The most closely allied form now in cultivation is the collard.

  • He had fired at Collard with the object of facilitating his escape.

    Remarkable Rogues

    Charles Kingston

  • The boy whom Sergeant Collard had seen climbing the pipe must have been making for this study.


    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for collard



a variety of the cabbage, Brassica oleracea acephala, having a crown of edible leavesSee also kale 1
the leaves of this plant, eaten as a vegetable

Word Origin for collard

C18: variant of colewort
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Word Origin and History for collard

1755, American English, corruption of colewort (Middle English) "cabbage," later especially "kale, greens;" first element related to the cole in coleslaw; for second element, see wort.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper