tu·​ro·​phile | \ ˈtu̇r-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce turophile (audio) , ˈtyu̇r- \

Definition of turophile

: a connoisseur of cheese : a cheese fancier

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Why a Turophile Will Get Cheesy

Are you stuck on Stilton or gaga for Gouda? Do you crave Camembert? If so, you just might be a turophile, the ultimate cheese lover. From an irregular formation of the Greek word for cheese, tyros, plus the English -phile, meaning "lover" (itself a descendant of the Greek -philos, meaning "loving"), turophile first named cheese aficionados as early as 1938. It was in the 1950s, however, that the term really caught the attention of the American public, when Clifton Fadiman (writer, editor, and radio host) introduced turophile to readers of his eloquent musings on the subject of cheese.

Examples of turophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Calling all turophiles: The NoMad Hotel is your next destination. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "NYC's NoMad Hotel Is Doing a Fondue Menu and It's Everything," 18 Jan. 2018 But the latest Asian beverage trend to hit L.A. could make a skeptic of even the most fervent turophile: cheese tea. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Cheese Tea Has Officially Hit Los Angeles and We’re Here For It," 17 Jan. 2018 But as any turophile knows, microbes are the source of cheese’s vast diversity of flavors, textures, and smells. Time, "The FDA Is Coming Around to the Idea That Cheese, Microbes, and Mold Can Work Just Fine," 22 Sep. 2017 Connecticut's oldest winery is also a haven for turophiles. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Haight-Brown Vineyard: CT's Oldest Winery," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of turophile

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turophile

irregular from Greek tyros cheese + English -phile — more at butter

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“Turophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turophile. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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