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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jake rose shyly, knocking a Camembert to the ground in his embarrassment.

  • The next item is Camembert or fruit, and coffee concludes the display.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • The other manipulations differ only in detail from Camembert.

    The Book of Cheese

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

  • He assumed, perhaps rightly, that a Camembert cheese is more palatable and certainly more portable than a herd of unmilked cows.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • Lubimoff notices two Italian soldiers who are looking at him from the sidewalk around the "Camembert."

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The lawyer, over the Camembert and Burgundy, began to excuse himself for his delay.

  • Between them, they made very short work of a cold chicken, a salad, a gooseberry-tart and a Camembert.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
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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