noun, often capitalized
fe·​ta | \ˈfe-tə, 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 to prepared dish, sprinkle with feta and bake (or cover and refrigerate overnight). Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Make-Ahead Sausage and Egg Casserole," 9 Oct. 2018 Add salt to taste, and top with the feta and olives. Sarah Baird, Glamour, "Food on the Front Lines: Meet the People Fueling the Resistance," 7 Sep. 2018 Like pickles, briny feta is especially effective at bringing an assertive salty edge. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 Scatter shrimp over zucchini, drizzle with remaining tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with feta. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 In general, fresher cheeses contain more lactose than aged cheeses, which means cheeses like feta and ricotta, my old favorites, are higher in lactose, and now my enemy. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "I Gave Up Dairy—And My Adult Acne Vanished in Under a Month," 28 July 2018 Transfer carrots to platter, drizzle with ¼ cup sauce, and sprinkle with feta and parsley. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Grilled Moroccan Steak and Carrots," 25 July 2018 Immediately top with sliced tomatoes and crumbled feta and return to oven for 2-3 minutes. Fox News, "Matt Moore's Romantic Valentine's Dinner," 11 Feb. 2011 In a food processor, puree feta, whole-milk yogurt, pressed garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Feta and Tomato Salad," 25 July 2018

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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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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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