Definition of sourdough in English:



  • 1mass noun Leaven for making bread, consisting of fermenting dough, originally that left over from a previous baking.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It involves two types of sourdough starter: konini, which is quite sweet, and sourdough, which is quite tangy.’
    • ‘Injera is similar to a Greek pita or a tortilla made from sourdough and soda water which makes for a chewy pancake-like texture.’
    1. 1.1Bread made using sourdough.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other sandwiches are served on rolls, wraps, sourdough and seeded rye.’
      • ‘I serve eggs over easy, sourdough or rye, omelettes, pancakes and French toast to those that happen to find their way into our little joint.’
      • ‘But sit them on a piece of sourdough, with new potato salad, crème fraîche and plenty of seasoning, and they are fantastic.’
      • ‘And she ordered the same thing every week: tuna on sourdough, a garden salad abundant with sliced tomatoes, and a cup of black coffee with a few ice cubes on the side.’
      • ‘The bun looked like sourdough, light-coloured and dense, but was apparently a ciabatta.’
      • ‘First up was the pea soup with quail egg and chervil; next came the warm tartlet of baby leeks, lamb's lettuce and summer truffles; this was followed by foie gras and toasted sourdough.’
      • ‘The latest foodie enthusiasm, after extra virgin olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar, is the not-so-humble loaf, and the only loaf to be seen with is the Poilâne sourdough.’
      • ‘The bread basket had a few slices of a tan sourdough and a two little twin loafs of a wonderfully crusty, narrow bread whose air pockets even seemed to carry flavor.’
      • ‘Found in local restaurants, their breads include rustic sourdough, farm, paisano, calamata olive, and pecan raisin.’
      • ‘A great steak sandwich combines thinly cut steak, roasted red peppers, onions and spicy mayonnaise between slices of supple sourdough.’
      • ‘The thick slabs of sourdough take a while to cook, but, as owner Jim points out with a grin that is equal parts pleasure and surprise, nobody seems to mind waiting.’
      • ‘If you don't care for whole-wheat bread, sourdough is a good alternative because it's also sturdy and naturally low in fat.’
      • ‘Serve with plenty of warm bread to dunk; sourdough is a good option as it has a bit more texture than a French baguette.’
      • ‘The bread basket included rye, sourdough, and a light pumpkin bread.’
      • ‘Grill the sourdough slices on both sides, and rub one side lightly with the garlic.’
      • ‘Derek had made grilled cheese on his signature sourdough and vegetable stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, parsnips and burdock!’
  • 2North American historical An experienced prospector in the western US or Canada.

    ‘the territory was occupied by old sourdoughs and sheepherders’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a revered 1960's pararescueman who once stared down a bear in the California woods, just like the bear-wrestling Alaskan sourdoughs of legend.’
    • ‘The old sourdough sure did have a way with words.’