[ kurd ]
/ kɜrd /


Often curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
any substance resembling this.
Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.

verb (used with or without object)

to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.

Origin of curd

1325–75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1

Related forms

un·curd, verb (used with object)

Regional variation note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for curd cheese (1 of 2)

curd cheese


a mild white cheese made from skimmed milk curds, smoother and fattier than cottage cheese

British Dictionary definitions for curd cheese (2 of 2)


/ (kɜːd) /


(often plural) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
something similar in consistency


to turn into or become curd

Derived Forms

curdy, adjectivecurdiness, noun

Word Origin for curd

C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin
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