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[groo-yair, gri-; French gry-yer]
  1. a firm, pale-yellow cheese, made of whole milk and having small holes, produced chiefly in France and Switzerland.
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Origin of Gruyère

First recorded in 1795–1805; after Gruyère district in Switzerland where the cheese is made
Also called Gru·yère cheese.
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Historical Examples of gruyere

  • Tables were set along the passage with bread and Gruyere cheese and wine.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • Our only arms were the captain's whip, our uniforms our peasants' blouses, and our food the Gruyere cheese.

  • "Get up," the captain said again, and the wagon loaded with Gruyere cheese entered France.

  • What other cheese has great holes in it like Gruyere, or what other is as round as a cannon-ball like that cheese called Dutch?

  • A delicious square of gruyere cheese wrapped in newspaper still bore imprinted on its dewy surface the words "General News."

British Dictionary definitions for gruyere


Gruyre cheese

  1. a hard flat whole-milk cheese, pale yellow in colour and with holes
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Word Origin for Gruyère

C19: after Gruyère, Switzerland where it originated
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Word Origin and History for gruyere


1802, from Gruyère, the name of the Swiss town and surrounding district where the cheese is made. The place name is said to be ultimately from Latin grus "crane."

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