[kam-uh m-bair; French ka-mahn-ber]


a mellow, soft cheese, the center of which is creamy and of a golden cream color, made from cow's milk.

Origin of Camembert

First recorded in 1875–80; named after Camembert, village in Normandy where it was first marketed
Also called Camembert cheese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of camembert

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Historical Examples of camembert

British Dictionary definitions for camembert



a rich soft creamy cheese

Word Origin for Camembert

French, from Camembert, a village in Normandy where it originated
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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