Definition of Wensleydale in English:

Wensleydale

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A type of white cheese with a crumbly texture.

    • ‘The white part of the cheese is milky and crumbly almost like a Wensleydale.’
    • ‘The menu consisted of smoked trout, spring chicken, and strawberries and cream, ending with a serving of the Yorkshire cheese, Wensleydale.’
    • ‘One of the best local cheeses is Grimbister, a fresh farmhouse cheese not dissimilar to Wensleydale.’
    • ‘There are lots of modest veggie dishes that I prepare for lunch or dinner, such as stuffed pepper with couscous, mushroom and coriander or a lump of Wensleydale on toast.’
    • ‘The farm now produces a wide range of award-winning cheeses including Lancashire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, Cheshire and Wensleydale.’
    • ‘Blue Wensleydale is unusually firm in texture for a blue cheese.’
    • ‘Stilton or a very mature Cheddar have enough of a tang to be interesting, Caerphilly or Wensleydale slightly less so.’
  • 2A sheep of a breed with long wool.

    • ‘Topping the sheep lines was the Wensleydale, entered by Jack Watkinson, of Hutton Ghyll, near Leyburn.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire farmer Roger Brown certainly pulled no punches as he showed his Wensleydales at an agricultural show yesterday.’
    • ‘She now has more than 80 sheep, including Wensleydales, Romneys, New Zealand Corriedale, Corriedale-cross-Shetland, LLanwenog from the Welsh borders and Jacob-cross-Polworth, from Scotland.’
    • ‘Sally has been organically farming the fine wool from Wensleydales in Stoodleigh, Devon, for 11 years and now has the largest flock in the world.’

Origin

Named after Wensleydale in Yorkshire.

Pronunciation:

Wensleydale

/ˈwɛnzlɪdeɪl/