cheese·​cloth ˈchēz-ˌklȯth How to pronounce cheesecloth (audio)
: a very lightweight unsized cotton gauze

Examples of cheesecloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set a wet cheesecloth over a pitcher and strain in the rice mixture (discard the sediment). Fany Gerson, Saveur, 5 Oct. 2023 Bend the spider legs slightly and hook them into the cheesecloth. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Wrap it in cheesecloth and store the cake at room temperature in a dark spot. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Oct. 2023 Strain that liquid using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Katy Spratte Joyce, ELLE Decor, 24 Aug. 2023 After about a week in the fridge, it is rinsed and wrapped in cheesecloth, then goes back into the fridge for eight or 10 more days to dry out. Joe Ray, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023 Mother checked on them and occasionally sprinkled a bit of whiskey over the cheesecloth to keep the cakes nice and moist. Cassandra King, Southern Living, 23 Aug. 2023 At least 2–3 times throughout the 24 hours, use a fork or spoon to course through the mixture atop the cheesecloth. Gabriele Regalbuto, Fox News, 6 July 2023 Press through a fine wire-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove seeds. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History


from its use in the making of cheese

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheesecloth was in the 14th century

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“Cheesecloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


cheese·​cloth -ˌklȯth How to pronounce cheesecloth (audio)
: a thin loosely woven cotton cloth

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