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cheddar

[ched-er] /ˈtʃɛd ər/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
1.
a hard, smooth-textured cheese, made usually from the whole milk of cows and varying in color from white to deep yellow and in flavor from mild to sharp as it ages.
Also called cheddar cheese.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; named after Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England, where it was first made
Related forms
cheddary, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cheddar-cheese

Cheddar

/ˈtʃɛdə/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) any of several types of smooth hard yellow or whitish cheese
2.
a village in SW England, in N Somerset: situated near Cheddar Gorge, a pass through the Mendip Hills renowned for its stalactitic caverns and rare limestone flora. Pop: 4796 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for cheddar-cheese

cheddar

n.

type of cheese, 1660s (but the cheese presumably was made long before that), from Cheddar, village in Somerset, England, where it originally was made, from Old English Ceodre (c.880), probably from ceodor "ravine" (there is a gorge nearby).

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Slang definitions & phrases for cheddar-cheese

cheddar

noun

Cash; ready money: out of chedda


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for cheddar-cheese

Cheddar

village ("parish"), Sedgemoor district, administrative and historic county of Somerset, England, at the mouth of a spectacular limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills. The gorge (now owned by the National Trust) and caverns, in which human remains and artifacts dating back to the Stone Age have been found, attract many tourists. Cheddar cheese was first made there at or before the beginning of the 12th century and was aged in caves nearby. Cheese making remains a cottage industry in Cheddar. Pop. (2001) 5,090.

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cheddar

hard cow's-milk cheese named for the district of its origin in the southwestern county of Somerset, England. Cheddar is one of England's oldest cheeses. The original, so-called farmhouse variety remains in limited production in modern times.

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