butter

noun
but·​ter | \ˈbə-tər \

Definition of butter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : a buttery substance: such 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 : flattery

butter

verb
buttered; buttering; butters

Definition of butter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to spread with or as if with butter

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Other Words from butter

Noun

butterless \-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of butter in a Sentence

Noun

Would you like some butter for your potato? Sauté the onions in melted butter.

Verb

butter a piece of bread
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Marlon Brando’s character, Paul, rapes actress Maria Schneider’s character, Jeanne, using a stick of butter as lubricant. Anna North, Vox, "The disturbing story behind the rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, explained," 26 Nov. 2018 Heat the olive oil and butter in a large ovenproof saucepan or flameproof casserole. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese filling: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 In a large skillet, melt oil and butter over medium heat. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Chicken Milanese has its moment," 19 June 2018 About 75 percent of the menu is gluten free, and nothing is ever cooked in cream or butter. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Eat vegan? Gluten free? This Butchertown restaurant feeds every diet," 7 June 2018 The business moved to Harvey in 1965 and eventually expanded to poultry, pork, beef, cheese and butter. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "F. Christiana food distributor to add 45 jobs, triple size of Marrero operations," 24 May 2018 Milk was mostly used to make yogurt, cheese, butter, and other by-products. Mark Kurlansky, Time, "Why We've Been Fighting About Milk for 10,000 Years," 7 May 2018 Premium ice cream tends to max out around 18% milk fat, which can come from milk, cream or butter. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "What makes ice cream so addictive?," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Use a pastry brush to butter the outside of the baguettes. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: The Grilled Cheez Guy’s Nacho Guyz," 12 Apr. 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Place them, buttered sides down, in the skillet or on the cooking grates to toast for 2 to 3 minutes total. Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 Everyone on stage Monday night knew where their bread was buttered. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Review: Hall & Oates and Train mostly soar. But about that bit of self-indulgence...," 19 June 2018 Continue layering and buttering sheets until eight sheets have been used. Judy Buchenot, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 Cut and butter a circle of parchment to fit into bottom of pan. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Orange Sauce," 10 Jan. 2011 Gradually add to butter mixture, mixing at low speed until combined. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Prepare cake pans: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter three 8-inch cake pans and fit each bottom with an 8-inch circle of parchment paper. Country Living, "Chocolate Pumpkin Cake and Cupcakes," 20 Oct. 2012

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First Known Use of butter

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for butter

Noun

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

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The first known use of butter was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for butter

butter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

butter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of butter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spread or put butter on (something)

butter

noun
but·​ter | \ˈbə-tər \

Kids Definition of butter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

butter

verb
buttered; buttering

Kids Definition of butter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spread with or as if with butter

butter

noun
but·​ter | \ˈbət-ər \

Medical Definition of butter 

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

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

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