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butter

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noun but·ter \ˈbə-tər\

Simple Definition of butter

  • : a solid yellow substance made from milk or cream that is spread on food or used in cooking

  • : a food made from cooked fruit or roasted nuts that have been ground up

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of butter

  1. 1 :  a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food

  2. 2 :  a buttery substance: as a :  any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures b :  a creamy food spread; especially :  one made of ground roasted nuts <peanut butter>

  3. 3 :  flattery

butterless play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of butter in a sentence

  1. Would you like some butter for your potato?

  2. Sauté the onions in melted butter.



Origin of butter

Middle English, from Old English butere, from Latin butyrum, from Greek boutyron, from bous cow + tyros cheese; akin to Avestan tūiri- curds — more at cow


First Known Use: before 12th century


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butter

verb but·ter

Simple Definition of butter

  • : to spread or put butter on (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of butter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to spread with or as if with butter

Examples of butter in a sentence

  1. butter a piece of bread



15th Century

First Known Use of butter

15th century



BUTTER Defined for Kids

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butter

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noun but·ter \ˈbə-tər\

Definition of butter for Students

  1. 1 :  a solid yellowish fatty food obtained from cream or milk by churning

  2. 2 :  a food that is made of cooked and crushed nuts or fruit and that can be spread <apple butter> <peanut butter>




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butter

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verb but·ter

Definition of butter for Students

butteredbuttering

  1. :  to spread with or as if with butter




Medical Dictionary

butter

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noun but·ter \ˈbət-ər\

Medical Definition of butter

  1. 1:  a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food

  2. 2:  a buttery substance; especially :  any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures





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