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 Some of us never managed to get our sourdough bread beyond the starter phase and spend 90 minutes making a subscription box meal that's touted as a 30-minute dinner. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 15 Sep. 2022 Standard snack and drink options were included in the dressing room portion, with some specifics: Clif Bars, trail mix with M&Ms, sourdough bread, Siggi's plain Greek yogurt and avocados. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2022 On my most recent visit, a diverse crowd picked apples, played cornhole, and chatted over sourdough pizza and salads made with ingredients grown on site. Jason Wilson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2021 At SSP Beer Hall, opening in San Francisco on Wednesday, customers will be able to eat sourdough pizza, Korean bibimbap, Filipino sisig and drink local beer all under one roof. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2021 Pizzaiolo Sarah Minnick in Portland also takes a seasonal approach to topping her sourdough crusts with ingredients like bitter herbs, foraged flowers, wild mushrooms and blue cheese. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2022 The foundation of his pizza crust is sourdough, created with a 9-month-old starter Wexler fed daily out of his family’s Two Fat Cookies bakery off Atlantic Avenue. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 The trick is to use sourdough, brie cheese, spinach, and sliced apples to upgrade the ham, then grill until everything is hot, cheesy, and delicious. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2022 His Pane Vivo bakeries produce natural sourdough breads from an ancient wheat variety and have found a growing fan base among Parisians looking for a healthier alternative to the dominant white baguette bread. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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