cheese·​cake ˈchēz-ˌkāk How to pronounce cheesecake (audio)
: a dessert consisting of a creamy filling usually containing cheese baked in a pastry or pressed-crumb shell
: a photographic display of shapely and scantily clothed female figures
often used attributively
compare beefcake

Examples of cheesecake in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web Finish with a slice of cheesecake made with cultured cashew cream and topped with passionfruit gelee. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Pan serves pastries and desserts made with a mix of European and Japanese techniques and flavors, like flaky miso cinnamon rolls, Basque-style matcha cheesecake and anpan, sweet rolls filled with red bean paste. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The husband-and-wife baking team at Royal Cheesecake and Varieties has an array of cheesecakes, cupcakes, and cookies on their menu. Tykesha Spivey Burton, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 Those who were members before April 1 will find something special in their account on Monday, too: either a free slice of cheesecake each month for a year, a free whole cheesecake, a free slice of cheesecake, $5 off $25 purchases, or $10 off $40 purchases. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 It's got the lemony cream cheese flavor of Southern-favorite treats like lemon cheesecake and lemon-cheese layer cake, while also being able to capture the characteristic airy creaminess of the classic Italian dessert, tiramisu. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Dessert specials are pecan pie or apple strudel ($9), cheesecake ($10) and schaum torte ($12). Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024 The show is probably best remembered for Mr. Combs’s demand that the contestants walk the five miles on foot from Midtown Manhattan to Junior’s in Brooklyn to fetch him a slice of cheesecake. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 There is a matcha cheesecake made with creole cream cheese, matcha, and cocoa powder; and sweet egg custard, with maple syrup, amaranth, and puffed barley. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheesecake was in the 15th century

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“Cheesecake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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cheese·​cake -ˌkāk How to pronounce cheesecake (audio)
: a cake made from cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar

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