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cream

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noun, often attributive \ˈkrēm\

Simple Definition of cream

  • : the thick part of milk that rises to the top : the part of milk that contains fat

  • : a food that is made with cream

  • : a very thick liquid or soft substance that is rubbed into the skin to make it softer or is used as a medicine for the skin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cream

  1. 1 :  the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat

  2. 2 a :  a food prepared with cream b :  something having the consistency of cream; especially :  a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation

  3. 3 :  the choicest part :  best <the cream of the crop>

  4. 4 :  creamer 1

  5. 5 a :  a pale yellow b :  a cream-colored animal

Examples of cream in a sentence

  1. Would you like some cream in your coffee?

  2. hot chocolate with whipped cream

  3. a chocolate candy with a vanilla cream center

  4. The doctor prescribed a new cream for the rash.

  5. a cabinet full of special creams and pills



Origin of cream

Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust


First Known Use: 14th century


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cream

verb

Simple Definition of cream

  • : to stir or mix (ingredients) until they are soft and smooth

  • : to defeat (a person or team) easily and completely

  • : to hit (someone) very hard

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cream

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk

  3. 2 :  to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth; also :  to move like froth

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  skim 1c b :  to remove (something choice) from an aggregate <she has creamed off her favorite stories from her earlier books — Times Literary Supplement>

  6. 2 :  to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream; also :  to dress with a cream sauce

  7. 3 a :  to beat into a creamy froth b :  to work or blend to the consistency of cream <cream butter and sugar together> c :  to cause to form a surface layer of or like cream

  8. 4 a :  to defeat decisively <was creamed in the first round> b :  wreck <creamed the car on the turnpike> c :  to hit with force :  smash <the quarterback got creamed by the pass rush>

Examples of cream in a sentence

  1. Cream the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs.

  2. <the head-on collision creamed the brand-new car in an instant>



1596

First Known Use of cream

1596



CREAM Defined for Kids

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cream

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noun \ˈkrēm\

Definition of cream for Students

  1. 1 :  the thick yellowish part of milk that contains butterfat

  2. 2 :  a food prepared with cream <cream of mushroom soup>

  3. 3 :  a very thick liquid used to soften, protect, or heal the skin <hand cream>

  4. 4 :  the best part <Only the cream of the crop get into that college.>

  5. 5 :  a pale yellow




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cream

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verb

Definition of cream for Students

creamedcreaming

  1. 1 :  to stir (as butter) until smooth and soft

  2. 2 :  to defeat easily and completely <They creamed us in the championship game.>




Medical Dictionary

cream

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noun \ˈkrēm\

Medical Definition of cream

  1. 1:  the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat

  2. 2:  something having the consistency of cream; especially :  a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation

creamy \ˈkrē-mē\play adjective




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