Definition of Jarlsberg in US English:



  • A kind of hard yellow Norwegian cheese with many holes and a mild, nutty flavor.

    • ‘A full wheel of Jarlsberg weighs about 20 lb, one tenth the weight of a wheel of Emmental.’
    • ‘Take your pick of lite or regular Jarlsberg, available in slices, wedges, blocks and random weight pieces.’
    • ‘Jarlsberg's gentle, distinctive flavour complements ingredients rather than overpowering them. It melts well too, so it is an obvious choice when making fondues, béchamel sauces and soufflés.’
    • ‘The famous Jarlsberg cheese is known for its distinctive sweet and nutty taste.’
    • ‘All the Scandinavian food I've been craving - Jarlsberg cheese, open faced sandwiches with shrimp and salmon and waffles with jam - were abundant.’


Named after the town of Jarlsberg, Norway.