variants or less commonly Backsteiner
plural -s
: a German cheese resembling limburger that is produced in brick shape

Word History


German backsteinkäse, literally, brick cheese, from backstein brick (from backen to bake—from Old High German backan—+ stein stone, from Old High German) + käse cheese; akin to Old High German bahhan to bake

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Backstein was circa 1911

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“Backstein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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