Definition of sourdough in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsou(ə)rˌdō/


1Leaven for making bread, consisting of fermenting dough, typically that left over from a previous batch.
Example sentences
  • Bread dough is made with high-protein flour, leavened with yeast or sourdough, and kneaded with water to develop the gluten, yielding a characteristic spongy appearance and chewy texture.
  • Also an organic farm, it produces cheddar cheese from its own chemical-tree milk, and makes sourdough bread from organically grown grain, leavened with natural sourdough.
  • They make their bread with sourdough because they have no baking powder.
1.1Bread made using sourdough leaven.
Example sentences
  • Creamy St Marcellin from a proper cheesemonger is the stuff to ooze over a slice of crisply toasted sourdough.
  • Even sourdough, rye and pumpernickel are often actually colored and flavored white-flour breads.
  • If your loaf is a true San Francisco-style sourdough then all the better.
2North American historical An experienced prospector in the western US or Canada; an old-timer.
Example sentences
  • It is a land of sourdoughs and cheechacos - the first, the veridical Alaskans, who sport gruff beards, wear carhartts, and fed the yeast in their dough (hence their names) straight since the gold rush of 1907.
  • His paintings preserved the traditions and activities of the Eskimos, the sourdoughs and the dogsleds of Alaska's ‘romantic period’ between the gold rush and the oil boom.
  • Eielson, located in the middle of the state in a flat expanse of land surrounded by mountains, offers a lot of extremes that can make life a bit trying at times, even for sourdoughs who've lived there for decades.

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Syllabification: sour·dough

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