an extremely soft, or loose, white, mild-flavored cheese made from skim-milk curds, usually without rennet.
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Origin of cottage cheese
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Regional variation note
Farmer cheese and farmer's cheese are widely used throughout the U.S. as terms for a kind of cottage cheese. This same kind of cheese, with varying curd size and sourness, is also called sour-milk cheese in Eastern New England; curd or curd cheese, chiefly in the Northeastern and Southern U.S.; pot cheese, chiefly in the Hudson Valley; smearcase, chiefly in the North Midland U.S., and sometimes cream cheese in the Gulf States.
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British Dictionary definitions for cottage cheese
a mild loose soft white cheese made from skimmed milk curds
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