a rich, medium-hard, white cheese with blue veins, somewhat strong in flavor.

Origin of Wensleydale

First recorded in 1880–85; after Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England, where it is made
Also called Wensleydale cheese.
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Examples from the Web for wensleydale

Historical Examples of wensleydale

  • Wharfedale, Wensleydale, Swaledale, Teesdale—they are all words with a charm in them.

    Motor tours in Yorkshire

    Mrs. Rodolph Stawell

  • Wensleydale tells me the true impetus to bolt was the merest trifle.

    The Sea Lady

    Herbert George Wells

  • It is a memorial of the sports and pastimes for which Wensleydale was famous.

  • At Richmond we leave the lowlands and strike directly across the rough moorland road to Leyburn in Wensleydale.

    In Unfamiliar England

    Thomas Dowler Murphy

  • Was it not “about Wensleydale” that George Fox saw “a great people in white raiment by a river-side?”

British Dictionary definitions for wensleydale



a type of white cheese with a flaky texture
a breed of sheep with long woolly fleece

Word Origin for wensleydale

named after Wensleydale, North Yorkshire
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