semi·​soft ˌse-mē-ˈsȯft How to pronounce semisoft (audio)
: moderately soft
specifically : firm but easily cut
semisoft cheese

Examples of semisoft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Halloumi is a semisoft Cypriot cheese with a slightly chewy texture that’s typically made from a mixture of goat and sheep’s milk. Hollyanna McCollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 Galls can begin semisoft but harden with a cracked surface over time, though plants won’t necessarily display symptoms the same season or year they were infected. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2023 Mold generally can't penetrate far into hard and semisoft cheeses. Megan Schmidt, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2020 One choice, a semisoft cheese, is round and plump and fashioned like a burger., 1 June 2021 When assembling a delicious cheese board, use cheeses from different milk types: a semisoft sheep cheese like Petit Basque; a hard, aged cheese like goat Gouda; and a soft cow cheese like Brie. Seija Rankin,, 22 Sep. 2020 Semifirm or semisoft cheeses: Cheddar, Colby, Edam, fontina, Gouda, Havarti, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Muenster, pepper Jack, Port-Salut, Swiss cheese. Alexa Weibel, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 According to the Mayo Clinic, mold can't penetrate semisoft and hard cheeses like Parmesan or cheddar, so only the piece with mold will contain any mold spores. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 3 Apr. 2019 Needed painkillers and a Novocaine-like numbing cream; also smeared a semisoft Austrian cheese, topfen, on her leg as a home remedy. USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semisoft was in 1859

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“Semisoft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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semi·​soft ˌsem-i-ˈsȯft How to pronounce semisoft (audio)
: moderately soft
especially : firm but easily cut
semisoft cheese

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