from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A custardlike food with a tart flavor, prepared from milk curdled by bacteria, especially Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, and often sweetened or flavored.

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  • noun A milk-based product thickened by a bacterium-aided curdling process, and sometimes mixed with fruit or other flavoring.
  • noun Any similar product based on other substances (e.g. soy yogurt).

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  • noun a custard-like food made from curdled milk


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Turkish yoğart, yoğurt, from yoğur, to knead.]

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Ottoman Turkish یوغورت (yōghurt, yoğurt) (Turkish yoğurt )


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  • In Spain, the trademark 'danone' is associated to yogurt. We usually use the word danone but the word yogurt

    October 22, 2007

  • I wonder if that's related to the Dannon yogurt brand we have in the United States.

    October 23, 2007

  • Yes, they're the same. I didn't know they changed the name in the US. Does the word Danone sound in English such badly that they changed it to Dannon?

    October 23, 2007

  • I guess that would be a matter of opinion. They may have thought that it's not immediately clear how to pronounce Danone ("dan OWN"? "dah NUN"?) and decided to go with something more phonetic in English. It's perfectly clear, this way, that it's meant to rhyme with cannon. To my ears, it connotes strength and vitality; that is some tough yogurt! Contrast that with their primary competitor, Yoplait, which sounds foofy and pretty and French. :-P

    October 23, 2007

  • Consider further that Yoplait yogurt is made in New Jersey. Kind of destroys the cachet...

    October 23, 2007

  • You know what I heard this weekend? You know why New Jersey has all the toxic waste, while California has all the lawyers?

    Because New Jersey got first pick.

    A-HUH! HUH-HUH! <--upper-class twit laugh.

    October 23, 2007

  • If I had a yurt I would surely eat more yogurt.

    January 10, 2009