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[fon-tee-nuh] /fɒnˈti nə/
a type of Italian cheese, semisoft to firm, made of cow's or sheep's milk.
Origin of fontina
1935-40; < Italian < Upper Italian dial. (Val d'Aosta), of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fontina
  • They served it with little toasts with melted fontina cheese.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the fontina and provolone, one at a time, to ensure even melting.
  • fontina is fine here, but if you can splurge on truffled cheese, you won't regret it.
  • Warm wedges of rustic bread topped with fontina cheese make a great accompaniment.
British Dictionary definitions for fontina


a semihard, pale yellow, mild Italian cheese made from cows' milk
Word Origin
C20: from Italian dialect, of unknown origin
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