noun, often capitalized
ched·​dar | \ˈche-dər \

Definition of cheddar 

: a hard white, yellow, or orange smooth-textured cheese with a flavor that ranges from mild to strong as the cheese matures

called also cheddar cheese

Examples of cheddar in a Sentence

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Flip and top with 1 slice cheddar and 1 slice Monterey jack or mozzarella. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burgers with pizzazz: Surf 'n' turf burger judged best in annual BBQ contest," 18 June 2018 At Mohegan Sun, SolToro offers a mixed grill platter on Father's Day, featuring NY strip with cheddar and chipotle mashed potatoes, blackened mahi mahi with mango salsa and grilled chicken with rancheros beans and a mole sauce for $25. Leeanne Griffin,, "Father's Day Dining Specials In Connecticut," 5 June 2018 Creamy cauliflower soup with chicken broth, tomatoes, onions and fresh cauliflower will have enough cheddar and mozzarella to stretch high with each dip of a spoon, Carrasco said. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Rooftop tacos and margaritas coming to a new Mexican restaurant in Fall Creek Place," 16 May 2018 If popularity is any indicator then Vegas is as much a sacred part of Americana as a slice with cheddar and summertime doubleheaders. Ken Van Vechten,, "Mini-golf, putt-putt, whatever you call it. Here are five of the best places to play in the West," 15 June 2018 Steak & White Cheddar Panini This hoagie roll filled with beef sirloin tip, white cheddar cheese, and horseradish sauce contains 940 calories, 48 grams of fat, 79 grams of carb with 5 as fiber, and 46 grams of protein., "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 The 85ºC Bakery Cafe also serves a spicy sausage-cheese roll with hot sauce, along with its basic cheddar-mozzarella cheese dog. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Where to find peach dishes away from the Weatherford festival crowd," 10 July 2018 Serve with quick and easy chicken cheddar shells, or even as a dessert! Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Inventive summer salads for a fresh take on dinner," 2 July 2018 Almost every recipe is the same — grated sharp cheese (I like cheddar here), butter, flour, salt, and a generous pinch of cayenne pepper. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Many southern cooks make spicy slice-and-bake cheese wafers for all occasions," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cheddar

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheddar

Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England

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The first known use of cheddar was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of cheddar

: a type of hard yellow, white, or orange cheese that is smooth

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