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

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 Specifically, the chocolate chip cookies made with browned cultured butter that gained a cult follow at Merchant Roots. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Fine dining chefs are opening San Francisco chicken restaurant the Roost," 13 July 2020 In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of light brown sugar. cleveland, "Ice cream toppings to help you chill out this summer," 13 July 2020 The menu has the Fat Puppy, a flour tortilla with peanut butter and banana for $3, and a tie-up is anchored to the exterior of the building for leashed dogs. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paloma Taco & Tequila opens on Milwaukee's west side (with a taco for dogs, too)," 11 July 2020 Just boil the rice for three minutes, drain and add the flavor packet and an (optional) pat of butter or splash of olive oil. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "We tried Banza’s 3 new chickpea rice flavors, and here’s what we think," 8 July 2020 Ramen noodles Ibarra would dress up with a little butter and spices. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio single mom overcomes years of struggle with hard work, dedication at University Hospital," 6 July 2020 Bushwackers can be customized, too, by adding toppers like Skrewball whiskey, which is peanut butter-flavored, or banana rum. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Why the bushwacker is the hottest drink on the beach," 5 July 2020 Brush the inside of the hamburger buns with melted butter. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "5 fan-favorite burger recipes from Texas chefs and more," 3 July 2020 Roasted over an open flame, broiled with garlic butter, or served raw with a spritz of lemon—there are countless ways to enjoy an oyster. Coastal Living, Southern Living, "4 Delicious Ways to Cook Oysters," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Clarkson buttered him up further by comparing his rasp to Kenny Rogers and Chris Stapleton. Washington Post, "A Mississippi pastor with eight kids and no professional music background won ‘The Voice’ — and made show history," 20 May 2020 You might be swayed by someone who butters you up with compliments or gifts in the upcoming week. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 19, 2020: Happy birthday Kate Hudson; Capricorn, avoid making changes this week," 19 Apr. 2020 For $50, get a meal that serves 6-8 and includes Take & Bake B Lasagna, buttered garlic knots and any large salad. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "20 metro Phoenix restaurants offering Easter dinner and brunch for take out," 8 Apr. 2020 Necessity, ingenuity and the grace of God gave us beautiful clothes, warm blankets, homemade toys and buttered cornbread. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Cornbread the little goat," 27 Feb. 2020 Sure, sedans—saloons, as the British call them—have buttered the bread in Coventry for most of Jaguar's 85-year history. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "The Updated Jaguar XE Deserves a Better Engine," 29 Jan. 2020 No Bologna Coney: Italian mortadella pork sausage flavored with pistachios and Mancini’s pepper blend, served on a buttered and toasted split-top bun, and topped with mild muffuletta olive and pepper salad. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "The new State Fair foods and where to find them," 20 Aug. 2019 The body butters Rice developed to combat dry winter skin have been an especially strong seller this season. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "After seeing son in pain, Ford engineer launched business — and everything changed," 2 Jan. 2020 Toasted The latest star imported from Asian tea shops is brick toast, built from thick slices of pain de mie that are scored, buttered, toasted and covered in sweet custard, syrup or ice cream. Kim Severson, New York Times, "What Will We Eat in 2020? Something Toasted, Something Blue," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for butter

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

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Last Updated

31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butter. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for butter

butter

noun
How to pronounce butter (audio)

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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