butter

noun
but·​ter | \ ˈbə-tər How to pronounce butter (audio) \

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

Other Words from butter

Noun

butterless \ ˈbə-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce butter (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oils like grapeseed oil or vegetable oil can withstand higher temperatures before burning than butter or olive oil. Joe Difazio, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 In addition to the new drinks, Starbucks also announced two new food items: the chicken, maple butter and egg sandwich and the cookies & cream cake pop. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2022 Roasted corn on the cob, served with such condiments as mayo, butter and cheese. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022 Ditch the messiness that is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and make them into bite-sized muffins instead. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 16 June 2022 Instead, Verrier paints peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the elevated flair in which Chardin captured his renowned peaches. Bon Appétit, 1 June 2022 Through the decades, however, my dream peanut butter-and-chocolate gaming combo has yet to succeed: a first-person rhythm game. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 26 May 2022 Bright shining acidity, with aromas of honey and butter and almonds. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 The basics were shrimp, white wine, onion, garlic, mushrooms and lemon juice, all cooked in a mixture of olive oil and butter. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and butter the paper. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2022 From a nutritional standpoint, this menu addition doesn’t exactly butter Yawitz’s biscuit. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 22 Feb. 2022 After a little coaxing from Blake, who is trying to butter Ariana up in hopes of winning over her legions of fans, Hailey joins Team Ariana. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Top with the remaining bread slices; butter the side facing out. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Rough spots of pavement make their way through the steering wheel with soft thumps, enough to communicate a sense of the road but nothing that would turn your cream to butter on the way home from the grocery store. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2021 Shape the dough: Lightly oil or butter the inside surfaces of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or Detroit pizza pan. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 Generously butter a 3-quart baking dish that is at least 2 inches deep. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Generously butter a deep, 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butter. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for butter

butter

noun
but·​ter | \ ˈbə-tər How to pronounce butter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce butter (audio) \

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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