Edam

[ee-duh m, ee-dam; Dutch ey-dahm]

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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Historical Examples of edam

  • During the dinner at Edam, a happy idea struck Mynheer Joost.

  • Mr. Edam studied her poses and smiles for days before he got her at her best.

  • Hardly in Edam was there any one else, at that date, who so much as knew what they were.

    Sweethearts at Home

    S. R. Crockett

  • Edam is the most wasp-free parish for miles, all owing to him.

    Sweethearts at Home

    S. R. Crockett

  • To me Elizabeth's determination seemed to brighten all that part of Edam.

    Sweethearts at Home

    S. R. Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for edam

Edam

noun
  1. a town in the NW Netherlands, in North Holland province, on the IJsselmeer: cheese, light manufacturing. Pop: 28 000 (2003 est; includes Volendam)
  2. a hard round mild-tasting Dutch cheese, yellow in colour with a red outside covering
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Word Origin and History for edam

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1836, cheese named for Edam, village in Holland where it was originally made.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).

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