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[kahr-fil-ee] /kɑrˈfɪl i/
a mild, white, crumbly, medium-hard cheese, originally made in Wales.
Also called Caerphilly cheese.
Origin of Caerphilly
after Caerphilly (Welsh Caerffili), town in S Wales where it was orig. made Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Oh, that is Caerphilly Castle, the oldest fortress in Cambria.

    The Making of William Edwards Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
  • The history of Caerphilly in the Middle Ages need not detain us long.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • He thought he was in the church at Caerphilly, and found many harps hanging about the pulpit, wrapped in coverings of green.

  • The perfection of Caerphilly as a fortress saved it from serious attacks.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • Caerphilly Castle had not the political importance of Cardiff, but far surpasses it as a fortress.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • Certainly, his ministry was gloriously successful at Caerphilly.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • The Pontypridd and Newport railway was constructed in 1887, and there is a joint station at Caerphilly for both railways.

  • He had not been long in Caerphilly, before the Spirit of God was poured copiously upon the people.

  • Of the two last we have splendid examples in Cardiff and Caerphilly.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • Its romance is deepened by the obscurity of its history—for the story of Caerphilly has many blanks and breaks.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for Caerphilly


a market town in SE Wales, in Caerphilly county borough: site of the largest castle in Wales (13th–14th centuries). Pop: 31 060 (2001)
a county borough in SE Wales, created in 1996 from parts of Mid Glamorgan and Gwent. Pop: 170 200 (2003 est). Area: 275 sq km (106 sq miles)
a creamy white mild-flavoured cheese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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