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[pahr-muh-zahn, -zan, -zuh n; pahr-muh-zahn, -zan] /ˈpɑr məˌzɑn, -ˌzæn, -zən; ˌpɑr məˈzɑn, -ˈzæn/
of or from Parma, in northern Italy.
(sometimes lowercase). Also called Parmesan cheese. a hard, dry variety of Italian cheese made from skim milk, usually grated and sprinkled over pasta dishes and soups.
Origin of Parmesan
1510-20; < Middle French < Italian parmigiano pertaining to Parma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Meanwhile she was smiling and praising the vegetable soup sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • When ready to serve, grate one-half pound of Mexican or parmesan cheese and stir into the beans.

  • Simmer for five minutes, pour over boiled rice, and season highly with grated Swiss and parmesan cheese.

  • Add, till well flavored, some Gruyre and parmesan cheese, mixed and grated.

  • Pass with this cheese straws, or toasted cracker sprinkled lightly with parmesan cheese.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams
  • Rounds of bread toasted on one side; spread untoasted side with a mixture of butter and parmesan cheese.

  • Let it all boil till the macaroni is tender, then add a tablespoonful of parmesan cheese and an ounce of butter.

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British Dictionary definitions for parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese

a hard dry cheese made from skimmed milk, used grated, esp on pasta dishes and soups


/ˌpɑːmɪˈzæn; ˈpɑːmɪˌzæn/
of or relating to Parma or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Parma
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Word Origin and History for parmesan cheese



type of dry, hard cheese, 1550s, from Italian Parmegiano "of Parma," from Parma, city in northern Italy, one of the places where the cheese is made. Full form parmeson chese is recorded from 1510s. The place name ultimately is Etruscan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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