Definition of Wensleydale in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɛnzlɪdeɪl/


1 [mass noun] A type of white cheese with a crumbly texture.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
2A sheep of a breed with long wool.
Example sentences
  • Topping the sheep lines was the Wensleydale, entered by Jack Watkinson, of Hutton Ghyll, near Leyburn.
  • 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.


Named after Wensleydale in Yorkshire.

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