sourdough definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Dialectal leaven
- fermenting dough saved from one baking to be used for producing fermentation in a later one, thus avoiding the need for fresh yeast
- bread made with such doughin full sourdough bread
- a prospector or settler in the W U.S. or Canada, esp. one living alone: so called because their staple was sourdough bread
sourdough definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sour fermented dough used as leaven in making bread.
- An early settler or prospector, especially in Alaska and northwest Canada.
Origin: Sense 2, from an association with using pieces of sourdough to leaven bread in the winter.