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[slaw] /slɔ/
Origin of slaw
1860-65, Americanism; < Dutch sla, short for salade salad Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slaw
  • Do you all think the slaw would be better or broccoli salad would be perfectly acceptable.
  • My father said he'd be glad to have a potato-salad-and-cole-slaw sale.
  • Add a little rice to fill out the meal, or pile the pork and slaw on tortillas for a scrumptious south-of-the-border dinner.
  • Sides include fries, homemade potato salad, cole slaw and beans.
  • Barbecued meats are available as sandwiches with a soft roll and pickles or as a platter with cole slaw and fries.
  • Dinner includes such entrees as sesame-encrusted tuna, grilled skirt steak and barbecue chicken with mango slaw.
  • Sides include baked beans, macaroni and cheese and homemade cole slaw.
British Dictionary definitions for slaw


(mainly US & Canadian) short for coleslaw
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch sla, short for saladesalad
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Word Origin and History for slaw

"sliced cabbage," 1794, from Dutch sla, short for salade, from French salade (see salad).

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