[noo-shuh-tel, nyoo-, noo-shuh-tel, nyoo-; French nœ-shah-tel]


a soft, white cheese similar to cream cheese, made from whole or partly skimmed milk in Neufchâtel, a town in N France.

Origin of Neufchâtel

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called Neufchâtel cheese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neufchatel

Historical Examples of neufchatel

  • Then it wasn't worth while sending to Neufchatel for the keeper of a cookshop!

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • It would spread as far as Forges, as Neufchatel, as Rouen, everywhere!

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • In this conveyance they reached the Jura, and entered Switzerland at Neufchatel.


    John Addington Symonds

  • They are largely developed in Switzerland at Neufchatel, and in Germany.

  • It is very thick, and occurs at Neufchatel and in the Drôme.

British Dictionary definitions for neufchatel



a soft creamy whole-milk cheese, similar to cream cheese

Word Origin for Neufchâtel

named after Neufchâtel, town in N France where it is made
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Word Origin and History for neufchatel


type of soft, white cheese, 1833, from Neufchâtel, small town in Normandy where it first was made.

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