- an extremely soft, or loose, white, mild-flavored cheese made from skim-milk curds, usually without rennet.
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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- a mild loose soft white cheese made from skimmed milk curds