sour·​dough | \ ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌdō How to pronounce sourdough (audio) , sense 1 is also -ˈdō\

Definition of sourdough

1 : a leaven consisting of dough in which fermentation is active
2 [ from the use of sourdough for making bread in prospectors' camps ] : a veteran inhabitant and especially an old-time prospector of Alaska or northwestern Canada

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Lately, the family has been leaning toward sourdough as the toast of choice, though historically that role has been filled by plain, unglamorous bagged white bread. Washington Post, "For my father, making his masala omelet is an act of precision and love," 6 June 2019 Teriyaki is the instant version of tare — which is often boiled and reboiled, fed and improved over time, like a starter for a sourdough bread, though it isn’t fermented. Genevieve Ko,, "Kitchen Comforts: Teriyaki is the best BBQ sauce that isn’t barbecue at all," 5 June 2019 The @kingarthurflour sourdough intensive class helped me understand the mechanics and art of bread baking so much better. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What We Learned After Baking Nothing But Bread for 3 Days," 9 Apr. 2019 Two days later, Taylor is back in the test kitchen, making the most beautiful loaf of rustic sourdough. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "What We Learned After Baking Nothing But Bread for 3 Days," 9 Apr. 2019 Panic bakery delivers with the crustiest bread in Madrid from masa madre or Spanish sourdough baked right next to Quesería Cultivo, a haven of small-batch local cheeses. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 In the same year, Isidore Boudin opened his bakery and began to make the unique San Francisco sourdough. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Bay Area chefs are on the cutting edge of innovation nationally," 26 Apr. 2018 People are certainly curious: On opening night, a line formed outside, punctuated by light rain and a discussion of the sourdough pizza at Ops, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Peter Meehan, New York Times, "Una Pizza Napoletana Returns to New York, With an Assist," 25 May 2018 And this was a place that knew how to melt the cheese on its thin-patty burgers, served on sweet-sourdough buns. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Southlake fave Johnny B’s flips its last burger," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sourdough

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sourdough

: a type of dough that is allowed to ferment before it is baked and that has a slightly sour taste

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