[ hed-cheez ]
/ ˈhɛdˌtʃiz /


a seasoned loaf made of the head meat, sometimes including the tongue or brains, of a calf or pig and molded in the natural aspic of the head.

Origin of headcheese

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; head + cheese1
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Examples from the Web for headcheese

  • Headcheese is usually made from the hog's head but odds and ends also can be used not only from pork but from beef and veal.

    Every Step in Canning|Grace Viall Gray
  • There's headcheese besides but that's made of a pig's head and is only a cheese by discourtesy.

    The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
  • Take back that sack or we will sell you for headcheese before night!'

    The Comstock Club|Charles Carroll Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for headcheese


/ (ˈhɛdˌtʃiːz) /


US and Canadian a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calfAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): brawn
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