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[ched-er] /ˈtʃɛd ər/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
a hard, smooth-textured cheese, made usually from the whole milk of cows and varying in color from white to deep yellow and in flavor from mild to sharp as it ages.
Also called cheddar cheese.
Origin of cheddar
First recorded in 1655-65; named after Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England, where it was first made
Related forms
cheddary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cheddar cheese
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  • Order their bacon egg fancy, a toasted sandwich with cheddar cheese, avocado, red onion, and house mayo on multigrain.

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British Dictionary definitions for cheddar cheese


(sometimes not capital) any of several types of smooth hard yellow or whitish cheese
a village in SW England, in N Somerset: situated near Cheddar Gorge, a pass through the Mendip Hills renowned for its stalactitic caverns and rare limestone flora. Pop: 4796 (2001)
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Contemporary definitions for cheddar cheese

cash; ready money

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Word Origin and History for cheddar cheese



type of cheese, 1660s (but the cheese presumably was made long before that), from Cheddar, village in Somerset, England, where it originally was made, from Old English Ceodre (c.880), probably from ceodor "ravine" (there is a gorge nearby).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cheddar cheese



Cash; ready money: out of chedda

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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