Definition of Emmental in English:


(also Emmenthal)


mass noun
  • A kind of hard Swiss cheese with many holes in it, similar to Gruyère.

    • ‘Unlike Gruyère, Emmental has a dry rind free from micro-organisms.’
    • ‘It's essentially our version of a Swiss cheese called Emmental.’
    • ‘Four sorts of cheese are usually used: Appeuzell, Gruyere, Emmenthal and Foutina.’
    • ‘Spoon the mixture into the centre of each potato, then top with the pancetta or bacon and the shavings of Emmenthal cheese, broken roughly to fit the potato tops.’
    • ‘They're like Emmenthal, they're like Swiss cheese, they've got holes in.’
    • ‘A good Parmigiano Reggiano will also crumble when you bite into it, as opposed to the soft texture of an Emmental cheese.’


From German Emmentaler, from Emmental, the name of a valley in Switzerland where the cheese was originally made.