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  1. a rich, waxy, white cheese, veined with mold: made principally in England.
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Origin of Stilton

First recorded in 1730–40; after Stilton, England, where it was first sold
Also called Stilton cheese.
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Historical Examples of stilton

  • Then he galloped forward to the cavalry, and a last word with Stilton.

    The Brigade Commander

    J. W. Deforest

  • The village of Stilton is one of the sleepiest and most rural type.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

  • A boy to be sending over out of Germany into England for Stilton cheese!


    Fanny Burney

  • It was passed in 1663, and authorised a toll-gate at Stilton, among other places.

  • But Stilton cheese is not, nor ever was, made at Stilton, or anywhere near it.

British Dictionary definitions for stilton


  1. trademark either of two rich cheeses made from whole milk, blue-veined (blue Stilton) or white (white Stilton), both very strong in flavour
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Word Origin for Stilton

C18: named after Stilton, Cambridgeshire, where it was originally sold
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Word Origin and History for stilton



1736, cheese made famous by a coaching inn at Stilton (then Hunts., now Cambs.) on the Great North Road from London, the owner being from Belvoir, Leicestershire, where it was made. Since 1969 restricted to cheese made in Leicester, Derby, and Nottingham counties by members of the Stilton Cheese Makers Association. The place name is in Domesday Book as Stichiltone and probably means literally "farmstead or village at a stile or steep ascent."

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