a mellow light-colored, Italian cheese, usually smoked after drying.

Origin of provolone

1945–50; < Italian, equivalent to provol(a) kind of cheese (of debated origin) + -one augmentative suffix
Also called provolone cheese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for provolone

Contemporary Examples of provolone

  • When it comes to cheese, the only acceptable options are American and provolone.

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    The Perfect Cheesesteak

    Tom McAllister

    May 18, 2010

  • The cheese was American: In Philly, purists use Cheez Whiz or provolone.

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    Iron Chef Hits the U.S. Open

    Masaharu Morimoto

    September 8, 2009

Historical Examples of provolone

  • As for the Provolone, notable for the water-buffalo milk that makes it, there's an example of really grown-up milk.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

British Dictionary definitions for provolone



a mellow, pale yellow, soft, and sometimes smoked cheese, made of cows' milk: usually moulded in the shape of a pear

Word Origin for provolone

Italian, from provola, apparently from Medieval Latin probula cheese made from buffalo milk
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Word Origin and History for provolone

1946, from Italian, augmentative of provola "cheese made from buffalo milk," from Medieval Latin probula, of uncertain origin.

Il nome non ha una derivazione precisa. L'etimologia, secondo alcuni, fa pensare alla parola napoletana prova-provola con cui in Campania viene indicato il classico latticino di bufala a pasta filata, da consumarsi fresco. ["Dieta Mediterranea"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper