[gawr-guh n-zoh-luh]


a strongly flavored, semisoft variety of Italian milk cheese veined with mold.

Origin of Gorgonzola

First recorded in 1875–80; after Gorgonzola, Italy, a village near Milan, where it was first produced
Also called Gorgonzola cheese.
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  • No complete study of the ripening of Gorgonzola has been made.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • Gorgonzola,” repeated Renzo, as if to fix it in his memory, “is it far from here?

    The Betrothed

    Alessandro Manzoni

  • Barn produces a light coloured wine, a specialty of the country, and an acquired taste like olives and Gorgonzola cheese.

  • He had learned its name from a traveller who had mentioned it, as the first village on his road to Gorgonzola.

    The Betrothed

    Alessandro Manzoni

  • One of his songs, he had said, that about the Gorgonzola Cheese, never failed to create merriment.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for gorgonzola


Gorgonzola cheese


a semihard blue-veined cheese of sharp flavour, made from pressed milk

Word Origin for Gorgonzola

C19: named after Gorgonzola, Italian town where it originated
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Word Origin and History for gorgonzola

type of blue cheese, 1878, named for Gorgonzola, village near Milan where it first was made.

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