[ee-duh m, ee-dam; Dutch ey-dahm]
- a mild, hard, yellow cheese, produced in a round shape and coated with red wax.
Origin of Edam
First recorded in 1830–40; after Edam, town in the Netherlands, where it originated
Also called Edam cheese.
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Examples from the Web for edam
During the dinner at Edam, a happy idea struck Mynheer Joost.Our Little Dutch Cousin
Mr. Edam studied her poses and smiles for days before he got her at her best.We Can't Have Everything
Hardly in Edam was there any one else, at that date, who so much as knew what they were.
Edam is the most wasp-free parish for miles, all owing to him.
To me Elizabeth's determination seemed to brighten all that part of Edam.
- a town in the NW Netherlands, in North Holland province, on the IJsselmeer: cheese, light manufacturing. Pop: 28 000 (2003 est; includes Volendam)
- a hard round mild-tasting Dutch cheese, yellow in colour with a red outside covering
Word Origin and History for edam
1836, cheese named for Edam, village in Holland where it was originally made. The place name is literally "the dam on the River Ye," which flows into the Ijsselmeer there, and the river name is literally "river" (cf. ea).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper