fe·​ta ˈfe-tə How to pronounce feta (audio)
often capitalized
: a white moderately hard and crumbly Greek cheese made from sheep's or goat's milk and cured in brine

Examples of feta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drizzle with tahini sauce, then sprinkle with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and feta and serve immediately. Blanche Shaheen, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 Drop the peppers, smoked paprika bloomed in olive oil, sour cream and feta into a food processor and whir your way to a smooth dip. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 Working one by one, dip feta slices into the egg wash first to coat, then into the flour, then back into the egg and finally into the sesame seeds. Charlotte Druckman / Photographs By F. Martin Ramin/the Wall Street Journal, Food Styling By Kim Ramin, Prop Styling By Valeria Suasnavas , WSJ, 7 Dec. 2023 Finish salad: Add mixed greens, apple, cranberries, feta, pistachios, and roasted sweet potato to bowl with dressing, and toss to fully coat. Marianne Williams, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 The bite of the red wine vinegar and feta cheese cuts through all the richness. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 This salad combines the sweet and slightly tart flavor of pomegranates with the creamy, salty taste of feta cheese and requires a wine that can complement both elements without overpowering them. Carole Kotkin, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 Start your visit with a Greek Isles crepe: egg, feta cheese, spinach, sautéed mushrooms, onions and kalamata olives. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 To serve, top pasta with feta, and sprinkle with basil and additional chilies. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feta was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Feta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feta. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fe·​ta ˈfet-ə How to pronounce feta (audio)
: a white Greek cheese made from sheep's or goat's milk and cured in salt water

from modern Greek pheta "slice (of cheese)"

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