a variety of soft white cheese of strong odor and flavor.

Origin of Limburger

1810–20; named after Limburg; see -er1
Also called Limburger cheese, Limburg cheese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for limburger

Historical Examples of limburger

  • Fig. 63 shows the possible arrangement of a Limburger factory.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • There is no better fertilizer on the market than Limburger cheese.

  • If limburger's influence is as strong as its odor, it ought to affect any one.

    Six Girls and Bob

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • Relations had been strained ever since the limburger episode.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • I am sick of raw goose and blood pudding and Limburger cheese.

British Dictionary definitions for limburger



a semihard white cheese of very strong smell and flavourAlso called: Limburg cheese
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Word Origin and History for limburger



1870, short for Limburger cheese (1817), from Limburg, province in northeast Belgium, where the cheese is made.

Some frauds a few years ago started a Limburger cheese factory down in Keyport, New Jersey, but the imposition was soon exposed. A man could come within 300 yards of the spurious article without being knocked down, and as the smell never had any effect on the town clock the business was soon discontinued. [John E. Boyd, "The Berkeley Heroine and Others Stories"]

The place name is from Germanic *lindo "lime tree" + *burg "fortification."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper