[ groo-yair, gri-; French gry-yer ]
/ gruˈyɛər, grɪ-; French grüˈyɛr /


a firm, pale-yellow cheese, made of whole milk and having small holes, produced chiefly in France and Switzerland.

Origin of Gruyère

First recorded in 1795–1805; after Gruyère district in Switzerland where the cheese is made
Also called Gru·yère cheese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Gruyre cheese

/ (ˈɡruːjɛə, French ɡryjɛr) /


a hard flat whole-milk cheese, pale yellow in colour and with holes

Word Origin for Gruyère

C19: after Gruyère, Switzerland where it originated
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