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

Historical Examples of headcheese

  • Take back that sack or we will sell you for headcheese before night!'

    The Comstock Club

    Charles Carroll Goodwin

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for headcheese



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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