a kind of beet (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) whose large leaves and thick stalks are used as food; Swiss chard
Origin of chardearlier card ; from French carde ; from Classical Latin carduus, thistle, artichoke (see card): spelling, spelled influenced, influence by French chardon, artichoke
Origin of chardAlteration (possibly influenced by French chardon, thistle) of French carde, from Provençal cardon, cardoon; see cardoon.
(countable and uncountable, plural chards)
- Artichoke leaves and shoots, blanched to eat.
- (uncountable) An edible leafy vegetable, Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla, with a slightly bitter taste