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[ee-duh m, ee-dam; Dutch ey-dahm] /ˈi dəm, ˈi dæm; Dutch eɪˈdɑm/
a mild, hard, yellow cheese, produced in a round shape and coated with red wax.
Also called Edam cheese.
Origin of Edam
First recorded in 1830-40; after Edam, town in the Netherlands, where it originated Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • During the dinner at Edam, a happy idea struck Mynheer Joost.

    Our Little Dutch Cousin Blanche McManus
  • Mr. Edam studied her poses and smiles for days before he got her at her best.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Edam is the most wasp-free parish for miles, all owing to him.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • And for toffee and shortcake there is not the like of her in the whole village of Edam.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • To me Elizabeth's determination seemed to brighten all that part of Edam.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • Hardly in Edam was there any one else, at that date, who so much as knew what they were.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • You see, there was not in Edam man, woman, or child who did not know Sir Toady.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • For, about Edam at least, it is mostly they who give thanks that they are not as other women are!

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • Thus quickly was the tale of the crooked sixpence spread about in Edam.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • But Struve resembled a varnished Edam cheese; he was uniformly red and greasy.

    The Red Room August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for Edam


/ˈiːdæm; Dutch ˈeːdam/
a town in the NW Netherlands, in North Holland province, on the IJsselmeer: cheese, light manufacturing. Pop: 28 000 (2003 est; includes Volendam)
a hard round mild-tasting Dutch cheese, yellow in colour with a red outside covering
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Edam

1836, cheese named for Edam, village in Holland where it was originally made. The place name is literally "the dam on the River Ye," which flows into the Ijsselmeer there, and the river name is literally "river" (cf. ea).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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