noun, often capitalized
ched·​dar | \ ˈche-dər How to pronounce cheddar (audio) \

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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The burger—served with black garlic mayo, cheddar, marrow-roasted onions, bacon and dill pickles—is also a local favorite. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why This Region of Virginia Could Be the South’s New Foodie Hotspot," 29 Jan. 2019 Try the signature classic with muenster and cheddar - or go a bit wilder with the Turkey Lurkey (turkey breast and brie cheese with guava pineapple spread). Lauren Delgado,, "8 places for a grilled cheese sandwich (or doughnut)," 12 Apr. 2018 Jan's Health Bar is known for a variety of sandwiches and salads, as well as its tuna avocado protein bowl, broccoli cheddar soup, crunchy kale wrap and Holguin's favorite: a peanut butter and banana date smoothie. Kathleen Luppi,, "Jan’s Health Bar to celebrate 45th anniversary at original Huntington Beach location," 22 Mar. 2018 Third place was filled by Rose Senior Living's broccoli cheddar soup. Linda Gandee/special To,, "There's nothing better than hot soup on a cold day in Avon," 29 Jan. 2018 Per capita consumption of mozzarella has topped cheddar since 2010. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "America Can’t Move Its Cheese," 17 Dec. 2018 The breakfast menu will include a mix of English and American fare, including scones, Eccles cake, quiche, fruit, bacon and cheddar grits — and of course, coffee, tea, and mimosas. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "With scones and mimosas, Plimoth Plantation plans royal wedding watch party," 18 May 2018 How about a brisket taco with smoked cheddar on a crunchy corn tortilla with corn salsa and habanero mango barbecue sauce? Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Huge late-night taco spot coming to Broad Ripple lets you build your own," 7 May 2018 At the Goose, Earnhardt whips cane syrup with soft unsalted butter for extra oomph on her Sweet Blonde biscuit sandwich (country ham, extra-sharp cheddar, over-easy egg). Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Cane syrup, a Southern staple, makes its way to Seattle just in time for prime pecan-pie season," 20 Nov. 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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English Language Learners Definition of cheddar

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

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