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

Examples of sourdough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Happy anniversary to your sourdough starter, unfinished screenplay, or quilting projects! Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2021 One of the big misconceptions of our year of pandemic cooking has been the idea that those of us working from home, would have more time and flexibility to babysit our sourdough, our braises, our soups and stews. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2021 Food Network's Ina Garten isn't skipping cocktail hour in quarantine; makes massive drink Already perfected your sourdough? Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2020 First comes the cheese, the house sourdough, the rhubarb compote. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 The sourdough everything bagel ($2.50) is chewy and robust, speckled generously with poppyseeds, toasted garlic and all the rest. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 The kubanah is flecked with scallions and nigella seeds; the challah is buttermilk-and-honey sourdough. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021 Finally redux: Was any sourdough bread harmed during the making of this picture? Maya Singer, Vogue, 9 June 2021 In sourdough bread, salt prevents protein-gobbling bacteria from damaging the gluten. Washington Post, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of sourdough

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jul 2021

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“Sourdough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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