yo·​gurt ˈyō-gərt How to pronounce yogurt (audio)
variants or less commonly yoghurt
: a fermented slightly acid often flavored semisolid food made of milk and milk solids to which cultures of two bacteria (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) have been added

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Spoon a tablespoon or two on your favorite low-sugar yogurt for an irresistible snack packed with fiber and protein. Stefani Sassos, M.s., R.d.n., C.s.o., C.d.n., Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2022 Ghosh strains and hangs his yogurt for two days to remove any excess liquid, then adds mascarpone cheese, labneh and lemon juice. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2022 Use the unique fermentation feature to make your own tangy yogurt, bread, and kimchi with minimal effort. Elizabeth Briskin, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2022 In flavor, the mah-jongg confection pales in comparison with a simple bowl of Beijing-style yogurt: custardy and tangy, capped with a thick gloss of honey and a dusting of pollen, honoring the bees along with the birds, and the best of Beijing. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2022 The dip’s base is my go-to healthier-creamy-dip combo of Greek yogurt (low-fat or full fat) stirred with a little mayo for rich silkiness. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 Try pairing with brown rice and a dollop of yogurt to cool things down. Elaine Johnson, Sunset Magazine, 1 Nov. 2022 Jalapeño provides a kick of heat but is tamed by a dollop of plain yogurt to your bowl. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Oct. 2022 Of course, no morning repast would be complete without a scoop of Greek yogurt. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Turkish yoğurt

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yogurt was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Yogurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yogurt. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



variants also yoghurt
: a slightly acidic semisolid food that is often flavored and sweetened and is made of milk that has been soured by the addition of bacteria

Medical Definition



variants also yoghurt
: a fermented slightly acid often flavored semisolid food made of milk and milk solids to which cultures of bacteria of the genus Lactobacillus (L. bulgarius) and Streptococcus (S. thermophilus) have been added

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