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cheddar

[ched-er]
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noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. 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.
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Origin of cheddar

First recorded in 1655–65; named after Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England, where it was first made
Also called cheddar cheese.
Related formsched·dar·y, adjective
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  • This is one reason why Cheddar cheese cannot be made from sour milk.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • The older the Cheddar, the stronger will be the flavor of the club cheese.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • The Cheddar process was brought to America by English immigrants.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • The first cheeses of the Cheddar group were made on the farms.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • Mr. Coward found it in the Cheddar caves hanging in bunches.


British Dictionary definitions for cheddar

Cheddar

noun
  1. (sometimes not capital) any of several types of smooth hard yellow or whitish cheese
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for cheddar

n.

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).

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