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[kam-uh m-bair; French ka-mahn-ber] /ˈkæm əmˌbɛər; French ka mɑ̃ˈbɛr/
a mellow, soft cheese, the center of which is creamy and of a golden cream color, made from cow's milk.
Also called Camembert cheese.
Origin of Camembert
First recorded in 1875-80; named after Camembert, village in Normandy where it was first marketed Unabridged
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  • Camembert cheese would reign supreme three nights in succession—not another order for the rest of the week.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Jake rose shyly, knocking a Camembert to the ground in his embarrassment.

  • A typical example of soft cheese is one of the French types, known as Camembert.

  • The other manipulations differ only in detail from Camembert.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • How many rides awheel through the pleasant land of France have been the swifter for the Camembert and roll devoured by the way!

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • The lawyer, over the Camembert and Burgundy, began to excuse himself for his delay.

  • A bacterially-ripened series of cheeses parallels the mold-ripened group as typified by Camembert.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • This form is made at the same thickness as Camembert and about 5¼ inches in diameter.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • It is classed as a soft cheese although it is much firmer than Camembert.

British Dictionary definitions for Camembert


/ˈkæməmˌbɛə; French kamɑ̃bɛr/
a rich soft creamy cheese
Word Origin
French, from Camembert, a village in Normandy where it originated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Camembert

type of soft, rich cheese, 1878, from name of village near Argentan, Normandy, where it originally was made. The place name is Medieval Latin Campus Maimberti "field of Maimbert" (a West Germanic personal name).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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