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[wenz-lee-deyl] /ˈwɛnz liˌdeɪl/
a rich, medium-hard, white cheese with blue veins, somewhat strong in flavor.
Also called Wensleydale cheese.
Origin of Wensleydale
First recorded in 1880-85; after Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England, where it is made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All Wensleydale lies before us—green as an emerald in the valley, bare and grey on the hilltops, dimly blue in the distance.

    Motor tours in Yorkshire Mrs. Rodolph Stawell
  • Wharfedale, Wensleydale, Swaledale, Teesdale—they are all words with a charm in them.

    Motor tours in Yorkshire Mrs. Rodolph Stawell
  • But what the public are clamouring to know is the price of Wensleydale cheese in Ilfracombe.

  • Wensleydale tells me the true impetus to bolt was the merest trifle.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • Was it not “about Wensleydale” that George Fox saw “a great people in white raiment by a river-side?”

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • In Wensleydale the progress of the Ure is broken by several fine waterfalls, notably the cataracts at Aysgarth.

  • At Bainbridge, the chief place of the forest of Wensleydale, Yorkshire, still lingers an old horn-blowing custom.

    Old Church Lore William Andrews
  • I am in Wensleydale, climbing from the rocky river that leaps amid broad pastures up to the rolling moor.

  • At Richmond we leave the lowlands and strike directly across the rough moorland road to Leyburn in Wensleydale.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • It is a memorial of the sports and pastimes for which Wensleydale was famous.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
British Dictionary definitions for Wensleydale


a type of white cheese with a flaky texture
a breed of sheep with long woolly fleece
Word Origin
named after Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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