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

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Charles + Dinorah will serve chef Andrew Santana’s revamped version of its classic burger, served with smoked cheddar and a secret sauce, along with hand-cut fries and a beer for $15. Carolina Gusman,, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 There’s one other little trick to making perfect ham and cheese waffles: sprinkling the ham and shredded cheddar over each waffle rather than mixing it into the bowl of batter. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "These Ham and Cheese Waffles Wake Me Up Inside (Yes, Like the Song)," 30 Apr. 2018 Next came chilaquiles with kale salsa, soubise crema, roasted mushrooms, and smoked habanero cheddar with a smoked guajillo oil infused with a cross strain of AC/DC and Haze. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Herbal Notes is planting the seeds of culinary cannabis in Chicago," 18 Apr. 2018 But the taste is as special as the presentation — immaculately assembled mixes of pork, crispy bread, smoked cheddar, red slaw and crispy onions. John Petkovic,, "Happy Hour: Olesia's Place offers worldly flair, generous portions (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018 The chunky chicken mixes with the cheddar cheese, and the layers of tortilla add just the right bit of texture to keep it all together. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Kids already bored this summer? Break the monotony at these tasty gaming destinations," 28 June 2018 Those foods include white cheddar potato and leek or clam chowder soup, or Caesar or Field Greens salad; shrimp and grits, The Grille’s Lobster Frittata; creme brulee, flourless chocolate espresso cake and more. Lauren Delgado,, "Hop to Easter dining reservations," 21 Mar. 2018 Potato Corner offers fries original, loopy, waffled sweet potato, chili-cheese and more, in flavors such as BBQ, cheddar, sour cream & onion and more. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Friday is Fry Day — National French Fry Day, that is. Here are a few faves.," 13 July 2018 In bowl of heavy-duty electric mixer, on low speed, mix cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder and cayenne until everything is well combined. Judy Walker,, "Pimento cheese sandwich, casserole, spread recipes: Variations are endless," 22 May 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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