See also: branża


Alternative formsEdit


Compare Megleno-Romanian brǫndză. Often considered to be a substratum word. Other theories suggest, on the basis of what is used to make cheese, a derivation from Latin brandeum (originally meaning a linen covering, later a thin cloth for relic storage) through an intermediate Vulgar Latin root *brandea. For the development of the meaning, compare Spanish manteca, Portuguese manteiga, probably from Latin mantica (sack), Italian formaggio and French fromage from Latin formaticum from forma. [1] Alternatively it was possibly borrowed from Albanian brëndës (intestines). Originally referred to cheeses prepared in a sheep's stomach by reacting with the rennet inside.[2] Likewise, Romanian rânză (tripe) might have come from Albanian rrëndës (rennet). Replaced Romanian caș, which now refers to a specific type of cheese.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbrɨn.zə/
  • Hyphenation: brân‧ză


brânză f (plural brânzeturi)

  1. (uncountable) cheese
  2. (countable) type of cheese

Usage notesEdit

The singular form is usually used for white cheeses, while cașcaval is used for yellow cheeses. The plural form is used for both.


Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit


  • Austrian German: Brimsen
  • Czech: brynza
  • Russian: брынза (brynza)
  • Slovak: bryndza


  1. ^ brânză in DEX online - Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)
  2. ^ Vladimir Orel, Albanian Etymological Dictionary, s.v. "brenda" (Leiden: Brill, 1998), 35.