que·​so ˈkā-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce queso (audio)
: a dipping sauce of melted cheese and chopped chili peppers : chili con queso
The author was never told in her Texas elementary school that if she ordered queso … or chalupas once she left home, she'd get only a plateful of disappointment.Pete Wells
The Mexican-inspired chain is offering free chips with guacamole or queso to customers who purchase their first order on its new smartphone app.Aric Jenkins

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Back then, there were no chicken crispers, no skillet queso, no baby-back ribs (and no catchy jingle). Dallas News, 22 Feb. 2023 Owners Dave and Krystiana Rizo swear by it to get the creamiest, silkiest queso. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 20 Feb. 2023 The menu has items like poblano chilaquiles and quesadillas, chipotle queso, Old World hummus, Spanish paella and Egyptian falafel. The Courier-Journal, 21 Sep. 2022 Hillbilly style will get you green chile queso, bacon, chorizo and pico de gallo. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2022 Then the pandemic hit, and suddenly stressed-out, homebound people wanted Velveeta for their queso, fudge and extra-cheesy mac and cheese. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 13 Aug. 2022 At Mother’s Ruin, that means smothered with green chile queso, chorizo, red onion and the house Mama’s Sauce. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 11 Mar. 2022 Of interest: Waffles topped with cashew queso, pickled onions, jalapenos, and black beans. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Feb. 2022 The list of snacks includes guacamole, RCK chicken tacos, Rock City Nachos, queso, Natural State Taco Salad and Rock City Quesadillas. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, 5 May 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish, "cheese," going back to Latin cāseus — more at cheese entry 1

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of queso was in 1989

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“Queso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queso. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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