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Brie

[bree] /bri/
noun
1.
a salted, white, soft cheese, ripened with bacterial action, originating in Brie.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50

Brie

[bree] /bri/
noun
1.
a region in NE France, between the Seine and the Marne.
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British Dictionary definitions for Brie

bree1

/briː/
noun
1.
(Scot) broth, stock, or juice
Word Origin
Old English brīg, variant of brīw pottage; related to Old High German brīo soup, Old English brīwan to cook, Middle Irish brēo flame

brie

/briː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of bree1

Brie

/briː/
noun
1.
a soft creamy white cheese, similar to Camembert but milder
2.
a mainly agricultural area in N France, between the Rivers Marne and Seine: noted esp for its cheese
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Word Origin and History for Brie
n.

type of soft cheese, 1848, from name of district in department Seine-et-Marne, southeast of Paris, famous for its cheeses. The name is from Gaulish briga "hill, height."

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Encyclopedia Article for Brie

natural region of northern France between the Seine and Marne valleys. It occupies most of Seine-et-Marne departement and parts of adjacent departements. The region was historically divided between the king of France (the Brie Francaise) and the duke of Champagne (the Brie Champenoise) from the 9th to the early 13th century, when the crown took it over. Broken here and there by forests, its fertile limon soil produces wheat and sugar beets, and cattle are raised as well. The region is known for rose culture, introduced about 1795 by the navigator Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, and for the soft white cheese called Brie

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