Share this entry

halloumi Line breaks: hal|loumi
Pronunciation: /həˈluːmi/

Definition of halloumi in English:


[mass noun] trademark
A mild, firm white Cypriot cheese traditionally made from goat’s or ewe’s milk, used especially in cooked dishes: place the strips of halloumi on a lightly oiled tray
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

Definition of halloumi in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive