Also cheese cake. a cake having a firm custardlike texture, made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jamlike fruit mixture.
Informal. Also called leg art. photographs featuring scantily clothed attractive women.

Origin of cheesecake

1400–50; 1930–35, for def 2; late Middle English chese kake; see cheese1, cake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a rich tart with a biscuit base, filled with a mixture of cream cheese, cream, sugar, and often sultanas, sometimes having a fruit topping
slang women displayed for their sex appeal, as in photographs in magazines, newspapers, or filmsCompare beefcake
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Word Origin and History for cheesecake

also cheese-cake, mid-15c., from cheese (n.1) + cake (n.). In figurative uses for "soft, effeminate" from 18c. Slang meaning dates from 1934, when a "Time" magazine article defined it as "leg-pictures of sporty females." In its early years this sense of the word often was associated with Marlene Dietrich.

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