[groo-yair, gri-; French gry-yer]
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for 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?First and Last
A delicious square of gruyere cheese wrapped in newspaper still bore imprinted on its dewy surface the words "General News."The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)
Guy de Maupassant
- a hard flat whole-milk cheese, pale yellow in colour and with holes
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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