Definition of cheese noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːz//
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] a type of food made from milk that can be either soft or hard and is usually white or yellow in colour; a particular type of this food Cheddar cheese goat’s cheese (= made from the milk of a goat) a cheese sandwich/salad a chunk/piece/slice of cheese a selection of French cheeses a cheese knife (= a knife with a special curved blade with two points on the end, used for cutting and picking up pieces of cheese) see also American cheese, blue cheese, cauliflower cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, macaroni cheese
  2. 2cheese! what you ask somebody to say before you take their photograph
  3. Word OriginOld English cēse, cȳse, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaas and German Käse; from Latin caseus.Extra examples Cut the cheese into cubes. Sprinkle the cheese over the beans. Sprinkle the potatoes with grated cheese and grill for a few minutes.Idioms (informal, humorous) an important and powerful person, especially in an organization (British English) if two people or things are like chalk and cheese or as different as chalk and cheese, they are completely different from each other Frank and I will never get along. We’re chalk and cheese. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. (British English, informal) used as a way of saying that you are sorry about something, usually ironically (= you really mean the opposite)
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