From cheese +‎ -let (diminutive ending). Reinforced by the use as a conventional translation of Maltese ġbejna, diminutive of ġobon (cheese).


  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃiːzlət/
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cheeselet (plural cheeselets)

  1. (especially Malta) A baby cheese; a small, usually roundish lump of cheese.
    • 1968, Gary Hogg, Malta: Blue-Water Island, A. S. Barnes, p. 101,
      A small cheese basket is known as a qaleb. . . . The cheeselet that is made in it is called a gbeina.
    • 1983, A. N. Wilson, Wise Virgin, →ISBN, page 107:
      Meg gazed desperately across the room to where Monty was guffawing with mirth and stuffing into his mouth a cheeselet.
    • 2006, Giovanni Bonello, Histories of Malta, Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, →ISBN, page 197,
      Soft cheeselets, freshly made from sheeps' or goats' milk, rated as a favourite delicacy...