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

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Other Words from butter

Noun

butterless \ ˈbə-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce butterless (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Changes for Sunscreen Types The announcement also called for exploring the use of sunscreen sprays, oils, lotions, creams, gels, butters, pastes, ointments, and sticks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What the New Proposed FDA Sunscreen Regulations Mean for You," 22 Feb. 2019 Remove from heat; add almond milk, butter, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper; and mash until smooth. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mashed Sweet Potato and Carrots," 23 Jan. 2019 Mix in ingredients like peanut butter and seeds for a flavor boost. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Diamonds and Kylie Jenner go together like peanut butter and jelly — and there’s not always a deeper meaning beyond a lot of sparkle and plenty of style. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Every Time Kylie Jenner Sparked Engagement Rumors With Diamond Rings," 6 Jan. 2019 K-pop stars and hair dye go together like peanut butter and jelly or avocados and toast. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Blackpink Is About to Drop a Rose-Gold Hair Dye," 5 Oct. 2018 Make the frosting and decorate: Beat butter and cream cheese on low speed with an electric mixer until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 That’s largely in the form of milk proteins and whey used as ingredients in other foods — from sports drinks to confections to yogurt — as well as cheese and some butter. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Darigold aims to sell more than half of its dairy output abroad despite trade spat," 20 Aug. 2018 The dough for the turnovers contains butter and cream cheese (more cheese!) for an easy to work with, slightly rich, forgiving dough. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 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 Add squash to butter mixture; toss to combine. Arrange squash on baking sheets in single layer. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Acorn Squash With Maple-Bacon Drizzle," 21 Nov. 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 Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a shallow broiler-proof 2-quart casserole dish. The Casserole Queens, Woman's Day, "Turkey Pasta Bake," 13 Oct. 2014 To serve, cook frozen patties in a lightly oiled or buttered skillet for 6 minutes on each side. Country Living, "Porcini Mushroom Risotto," 20 Jan. 2012 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

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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 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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