noun (often initial capital letter)
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.

1655–65; named after Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England, where it was first made

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Cheddar (ˈtʃɛdə)
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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Main Entry:  cheddar
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  cash; ready money
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Word Origin & History

1661 (but the cheese was presumably made long before that), from Cheddar, a village in Somerset, England, where it was originally made, from O.E. Ceodre (c.880), probably from ceodor "ravine" (there is a nearby gorge).
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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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