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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Recent Examples on the Web Just like sourdough starting and tie-dying, flower-arranging has emerged as a quarantine hobby. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Flower Arranging 101: How to DIY a Stunning Centerpiece or Bridal Bouquet," 31 July 2020 This is a meal that begs to be mopped up with a crusty loaf of sourdough or a fluffy pull-apart dinner roll. Marianna Cerini, Bon Appétit, "Eggs "Alla Pizzaiola" Are Pizza-Style Eggs and Yes, They’re As Good As They Sound," 31 July 2020 Along with baking sourdough bread and stripping sheets, clearing out clutter has become a popular activity for those spending more time at home since the start of the pandemic. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Thrift Stores Are Bursting with Affordable Finds Right Now—Here's How to Shop Safely," 29 July 2020 This is the slow food, 20-plus-hour sourdough bake of gaming experiences. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Homebound with EarthBound," 5 July 2020 The posts depict every kind of baked good imaginable from crusty loaves of sourdough bread to elaborately decorated cakes. Olivia Harrison,, "How To Participate In The Nationwide Virtual Bake Sale Supporting Black Lives Matter," 19 June 2020 Some people have been growing a sourdough starter in their kitchen. Pam Peirce,, "How to set up a Bay Area worm compost bin in a time of COVID-19," 19 June 2020 Now they are dominated by pictures of sourdough loaves doing nothing. The Economist, "Hometruths about breadmaking Sourdough economics: no need to knead," 11 July 2020 Someone shut off the Zoom call, setting the laptop beside a sourdough loaf rising on the counter. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of sourdough

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sourdough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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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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