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[kahr-fil-ee] /kɑrˈfɪl i/
a mild, white, crumbly, medium-hard cheese, originally made in Wales.
Also called Caerphilly cheese.
Origin of Caerphilly
after Caerphilly (Welsh Caerffili), town in S Wales where it was orig. made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of the two last we have splendid examples in Cardiff and Caerphilly.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • The history of Caerphilly in the Middle Ages need not detain us long.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • The perfection of Caerphilly as a fortress saved it from serious attacks.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • Certainly, his ministry was gloriously successful at Caerphilly.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • Oh, that is Caerphilly Castle, the oldest fortress in Cambria.

    The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
  • He thought he was in the church at Caerphilly, and found many harps hanging about the pulpit, wrapped in coverings of green.

  • He had not been long in Caerphilly, before the Spirit of God was poured copiously upon the people.

  • Its romance is deepened by the obscurity of its history—for the story of Caerphilly has many blanks and breaks.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • Dairying has been largely abandoned for stock-raising, and very little “Caerphilly cheese” is now made in that district.

  • We believe we were first indebted for it, to the old dame who entertained us nearly forty years since in the Caerphilly Cottage.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
British Dictionary definitions for Caerphilly


a market town in SE Wales, in Caerphilly county borough: site of the largest castle in Wales (13th–14th centuries). Pop: 31 060 (2001)
a county borough in SE Wales, created in 1996 from parts of Mid Glamorgan and Gwent. Pop: 170 200 (2003 est). Area: 275 sq km (106 sq miles)
a creamy white mild-flavoured cheese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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