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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Using a wooden spoon or sturdy butter knife, tap the lid of the jar a few times to try to loosen or shift the seal enough to budge the lid. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2021 Mandala survived a difficult first year with a combination of determination, hard work and a killer recipe for butter chicken. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2021 Drizzle about 1/3 of pureed blueberry mixture on top of base and use butter knife to swirl in slightly to create marbled appearance. Kristina Kurek, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2021 According to the state and federal complaints, citing witness accounts: Scerbo threw food on the floor, grabbed his metal butter knife and held it upward in his fist while walking up and down the aisle. Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The family’s butter-yellow house in the historic Forest Park Heights neighborhood even served as a hub for others’ political ambitions. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 The actress, who is currently filming the Disney live-action flick Peter Pan & Wendy, added a butter-yellow corset top from Etro and croc-print brown Christian Louboutin pumps to her namesake tracksuit. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 18 May 2021 Run a butter knife around the edge of the bread to release any stuck edges and then turn it out of the pan. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Scrape off the softened wax with a butter knife or a comb. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Line the bottoms of two 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and lightly butter the sides and bottom. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 But if James had hoped his praise would butter Curry up, apparently that approach will be as effective as when most opponents try to stop Curry from making a 3-point shot. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Generously butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and set aside. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2021 Continue to butter the remaining 4 sheets and place them in the pan in a star pattern, so that the overhang is evenly distributed all around the edge of the pan. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 8-inch-round 2-quart souffle ramekin or 2-quart pot. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, 29 Dec. 2020 Chef Nigella Lawson has unwittingly hatched a controversy over how to butter toast. Brett Harman, CNN, 20 Nov. 2020 As for players taking such an opportunity to a commercial degree, the NBA knows the sponsors that butter its bread, and is not going to allow commercial messaging to become part of the players’ messaging. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 1 Aug. 2020 Stop, drop, and butter your roll. Pies before guys. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, 24 July 2020

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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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20 Jul 2021

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“Butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butter. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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