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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Yeast donuts are tangy, chewy and light, and taste something like a cross between sourdough and a croissant. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 Aromas of fresh sourdough, candied lemon, and white pepper complement notes of bright pear and white grape., "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 My companion ordered a tangy, sauerkraut-dripping Reuben sandwich on local sourdough and jackfruit tacos with snappy jalapeño aioli to go. Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 The plate usually holds at least crusty sourdough and ultramoist cornbread that tastes vividly of corn. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food plus fire is perfect mix at Birch + Butcher," 20 Mar. 2018 My companion ordered a tangy, sauerkraut-dripping Reuben sandwich on local sourdough and jackfruit tacos with snappy jalapeño aioli to go. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 The tartine is served on sourdough rye bread with blue cheese butter and mushrooms marinated in celery vinegar. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 Kelly Hills ordered a sourdough loaf from Whole Foods recently but was offered a jalapeño cheese bread instead. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Amazon to Whole Foods Online Delivery Customers: We’re Out of Celery, How’s Kale?," 24 Mar. 2019 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

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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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