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.’
    • ‘A popular food is halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, which has been produced on the island for centuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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