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

Stir in the ground almonds or almond butter to thicken the sauce. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 At the end of the video, the officer holds the peanut butter jar up to his body camera. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 2018 The two noticed that there was a station where players could make their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Travelers Notebook: Once Again, Berman A Hit At His 'Home' Tournament," 20 June 2018 There’s peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon and sugar, burgers and French fries. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Aldi's $9 Bottled Mimosa Is Our New Brunch Staple," 8 May 2018 My favorite mid-afternoon snack is half a cup of berries mixed with Greek yogurt and almond butter. Philly.com, "Is fruit interfering with your weight loss goals? A dietitian weighs in," 26 Apr. 2018 Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, hot sauce and Beyoncé’s bag, etc. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Carson Kressley & Kristine W Dish on Their Favorite Duos, Talk New Stage Show 'Stand Up With a Twist'," 17 Apr. 2018 Toss buckwheat soba noodles with veggies, black eyed peas, and a sauce made from almond butter seasoned with ginger, garlic, and chili pepper. Health.com, "What’s the Deal With Complete and Incomplete Protein—and Does It Even Matter?," 10 Apr. 2018 Recipes run the gamut and might include Jen Garner’s Chocolate Blueberry #fab4smoothie, with collagen, almond butter, spinach, flax and other nutritious ingredients. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Garner's Trainer Launched a Wellness App that Uses Artificial Intelligence," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 As long as fans continue to cheer Aroldis Chapman, or Jameis Winston, or Roberto Osuna, or Floyd Mayweather, teams and leagues will remember which side their bread is buttered on. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo Moment," 27 June 2018

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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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