noun, often capitalized
fe·​ta | \ ˈfe-tə How to pronounce feta (audio) , ˈfe-ˌtä\

Definition of feta

: a white moderately hard and crumbly Greek cheese made from sheep's or goat's milk and cured in brine

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Transfer the couscous to a serving bowl, then scatter the feta on top. Julia Turshen, Washington Post, "Make this easy, fragrant couscous anytime you want a crowd-pleasing side dish," 1 July 2019 The smooth, artisanal feta comes from a village in central Crete, the oregano is homegrown. Luke Pyenson, BostonGlobe.com, "When the best food around is right where you’re staying," 18 June 2019 In one lab test of 121 different dairy products, researchers found that the levels of lactose in Swiss cheese, brie, Limburger, and even feta were so small they couldn't even be detected. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 Add escarole, feta, and walnuts and toss gently to combine. Washington Post, "Nutty chickpeas and kalamata olives give this salad a kick," 10 June 2019 Add mint, feta, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil to onion mixture. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019 Brunch staples include poached eggs with tomato, chickpeas and fennel, potatoes, a Toulouse sausage, avocado, and feta, as well as the house flatbread. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 Before heading to Waikiki Beach, stop by Tucker & Bevy for to-go bags filled with beet, feta, and walnut salad or a chicken BLT and picnic sides like smoked gouda and bacon dip with pita chips. Jen Murphy, Sunset, "The Last-Minute Picnic: Where to Find Great Pre-Made Food for Outdoor Meals," 22 Jan. 2018 Sample some mezes, have some Raki aside melon and feta, and eat some fresh local fish. Vogue, "This New Turkish Swimsuit Line Is Giving ’90s Minimalism an Athletic Edge," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of feta

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feta

Modern Greek (tyri) pheta, from tyri cheese + pheta slice, from Italian fetta — more at fettuccine

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The first known use of feta was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of feta

: a type of white Greek cheese that is made from sheep's or goat's milk

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