Definition of halloumi in English:



mass nountrademark
  • A mild, firm white Cypriot cheese used especially in cooked dishes.

    ‘place the strips of halloumi on a lightly oiled tray’
    • ‘A more traditional breakfast is bread with tomatoes, olives, and halloumi, a cheese made only in Cyprus.’
    • ‘Cypriots use halloumi in many dishes although it's hard to beat eating it at source, with just fresh tomatoes and olives to balance the saltiness of the cheese.’
    • ‘A popular food is halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, which has been produced on the island for centuries.’
    • ‘A friend recently mentioned to me that she had been cooking halloumi; I thought either she had a cold or she had found some kind of unusual fish.’
    • ‘A popular cheese is called halloumi (similar to feta), made from goat or sheep milk and often served in a sandwich of pita-style bread or cubed in salads.’


From Egyptian Arabic ḥalūm, probably from Arabic ḥaluma ‘to be mild’.