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[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for gruyere


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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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper