tu·​ro·​phile ˈtu̇r-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce turophile (audio)
: 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, 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, 17 Jan. 2018 But as any turophile knows, microbes are the source of cheese’s vast diversity of flavors, textures, and smells. Time, 22 Sep. 2017 Connecticut's oldest winery is also a haven for turophiles. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, 3 Aug. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turophile was in 1938


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“Turophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turophile. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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