ched·​dar ˈche-dər How to pronounce cheddar (audio)
often capitalized
: 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

Recent Examples on the Web The glossy Ayrshire cows are milked and the milk curdled into the farm’s award-winning cheddar cheese. Jessica Rawnsley, WIRED, 18 Apr. 2024 Stuffed with chicken, avocado ranch sauce, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo, the taco also includes a bit of crunchy inside with shredded purple cabbage and iceberg lettuce. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 Meet the Pretzel Cheddar Club Sandwich: a boneless chicken breast (fried, grilled, or spicy) served on a warm pretzel bun with lettuce, tomato, soft seasoned cheddar cheese, crispy strips of applewood smoked bacon, and a Creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce on the side. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2024 Belgian-Style And Cheddar The creamy texture of cheddar cheese dances with the subtle citrus notes and higher ABV of a Belgian beer. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 After being pulled from the fryer, the dogs can be rolled in sugar, dipped in ketchup, mustard and even a sweet cheddar cheese sauce or sweet chile sauce. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 The most heavily affected items were white cheddar cheese products, with 2,633 cases being recalled. Rob Wile, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 The iceberg lettuce is fresh and crunchy, the cheddar cheese thick and creamy. Danny Palumbo / The Takeout, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2024 The brioche bun is a perfect vessel for the sandwich layered with a sausage patty, fluffy egg, white cheddar cheese, spicy queso sauce and crispy jalapeño chip. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Cheddar, village in Somersetshire, England

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheddar was in 1646

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“Cheddar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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ched·​dar ˈched-ər How to pronounce cheddar (audio)
often capitalized
: a hard yellow or white cheese of smooth texture

named for Cheddar, village in England where the cheese was first made

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