coleslaw

[18] Cole is an ancient and now little used English word for plants of the cabbage family, such as cabbage or rape (it comes ultimately from Latin caulis ‘cabbage’, whose underlying meaning was ‘hollow stem’ – see CAULIFLOWER). It was used in the partial translation of Dutch koolsla when that word was borrowed into English in the late 18th century. Kool, Dutch for ‘cabbage’, became cole, but sla presented more of a problem (it represents a phonetically reduced form of salade ‘salad’), and it was rendered variously as -slaugh (now defunct) and -slaw. (Interestingly enough, the earliest record of the word we have, from America in the 1790s – it was presumably borrowed from Dutch settlers – is in the form cold slaw, indicating that even then in some quarters English cole was not a sufficiently familiar word to be used for Dutch kool. Coldslaw is still heard, nowadays as a folketymological alteration of coleslaw.) => CAULIFLOWER, COLE, SALAD

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Coleslaw — Cole slaw , n. [D. kool slaa cabbage salad.] A salad made of sliced cabbage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coleslaw — also cole slaw, cole slaw, 1794, Amer.Eng., partial translation of Du. koolsla, from kool cabbage (see COLE (Cf. cole)) + sla salad (see SLAW (Cf. slaw)). Commonly cold slaw in English until 1860s, when M.E. COLE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • coleslaw — is spelt cole , not cold . This element is from Dutch kool ‘cabbage’ …   Modern English usage

  • coleslaw — ► NOUN ▪ a salad dish of shredded raw cabbage and carrots mixed with mayonnaise. ORIGIN Dutch koolsla, from kool cabbage + sla salad …   English terms dictionary

  • coleslaw — ☆ coleslaw [kōl′slô΄ ] n. [< Du kool, cabbage (akin to COLE) + sla, for salade, salad] a salad made of shredded raw cabbage, often mixed with salad dressing and seasoning: also cole slaw …   English World dictionary

  • Coleslaw — A bowl of gourmet coleslaw Coleslaw, sometimes simply called slaw in some American dialects, is a salad consisting primarily of shredded raw cabbage.[1] It may also include shredded carrots and other ingredients such as fruits and …   Wikipedia

  • Coleslaw — Krautsalat ist ein Salat, der meist aus Weißkohl, seltener aus Rotkohl zubereitet wird. Er kann sowohl warm als auch kalt zubereitet werden. Als eine der ältesten Kulturpflanzen in Europa gab es Salat aus Weißkohl vermutlich schon bei den Römern …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coleslaw — Un bol de coleslaw. Pollo Barberton servido con Coleslaw …   Wikipedia Español

  • Coleslaw — Le Coleslaw (appelée simplement salade de chou au Québec et au Nouveau Brunswick) est une salade, populaire en Amérique du Nord, consistant principalement de chou cru râpé. Il inclut communément aussi des carottes râpées et des oignons. Il existe …   Wikipédia en Français

  • coleslaw — [[t]ko͟ʊlslɔː[/t]] N UNCOUNT Coleslaw is a salad of chopped raw cabbage, carrots, onions, and sometimes other vegetables, usually with mayonnaise …   English dictionary

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