but·​tery | \ ˈbə-tə-rē How to pronounce buttery (audio) , ˈbə-trē \
plural butteries

Definition of buttery

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a storeroom for liquors
2a chiefly dialectal : pantry
b : a room (as in an English college) stocking provisions for sale to students


but·​tery | \ ˈbə-tə-rē How to pronounce buttery (audio) \

Definition of buttery (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : having the qualities (such as smoothness or richness) of butter buttery flavors
b : containing or spread with butter buttery pastry
2 : marked by flattery buttery compliments

Examples of buttery in a Sentence

Adjective The cheese has a buttery flavor.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also, there was the prospect of having Ossau-Iraty, a buttery sheep’s-milk cheese, and Irouléguy wine at the source. New York Times, "The Jam-Filled Pastry of My Dreams," 5 May 2021 No icy undertones here; instead, each woman went with a bright yet warm, buttery-blond shade. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Is Vintage Blond the New Platinum?," 4 May 2021 The sashimi-grade Scottish salmon is buttery and lush. Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times, "A chef turns to Instagram to survive, and his ready-to-eat Korean seafood takes off," 29 Apr. 2021 For a cheaper takeout meal, try a duo of $12 duck bao: buttery confit duck inside springy buns and just the right amount of hoisin. BostonGlobe.com, "Good food and good Karma in Burlington," 27 Apr. 2021 The Everlux fabric is buttery soft and comfortable for everyday wear, but also breathable and sweat-wicking enough to withstand high-intensity workouts. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, "Psst, These Mother’s Day Gifts Are All On Sale Right Now," 26 Apr. 2021 Pop some buttery popcorn, stream a mystery movie and share a cozy security blanket with a favorite pal. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 24, 2021: Gemini, stay home for a good time tonight; Cancer, put new projects on back burner," 24 Apr. 2021 That buttery broth eventually relies on more butter, cream and all that shredded chicken to give the linguine enough sauce to pool yet cloak without being too heavy or thick. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "This creamy pasta adds a whole chopped Meyer lemon for a burst of spring," 16 Apr. 2021 My buttery, golden, aromatic Triple Garlic Bread incorporates roasted garlic, fresh garlic and garlic powder. Washington Post, "This golden, buttery triple-garlic bread is the dinner side that deserves to be a star," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These four super-shiny, never-sticky shades have a ultra-buttery formula and compliment any look. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "Morphe x Coca-Cola Just Dropped A Dreamy 1971 Unity Collection," 29 Apr. 2021 The handguard can take both M-Lok and Picatinny accessories, the magazine well is flared for easy reloads, the ambidextrous safety is buttery smooth to operate, and the length of the SB Tactical brace can be adjusted in a flash. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Truck Gun Build (Plus 14 More Guns for Your Pickup)," 5 June 2020 Ulavacharu’s style of cooking is distinctly home-style and hearty, from the silky and rich pongal rice ($6.99) to the thick and buttery mysore pak ($5), loaded with cardamom flavor and perfect with a cup of tea. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best takeout and delivery spots in the South Bay and Peninsula," 30 May 2020 This wine is effusive in its expression of orchard fruit flavors — apple, apricot and pear — with a hint of lemon curd and buttery brioche. Washington Post, "Want a good, cheap red? This $13 bottle is made for grilling season.," 15 May 2020 That high-end GPU feeds a roomy 17.3-inch display powered by Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for buttery-smooth gaming, in the resolution of your choice: 240Hz or 144Hz at 1080p, or 60Hz at 4K. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The Origin PC EON17-X crams Intel's 10-core desktop CPU into a laptop," 20 May 2020 The Bimmer's cabin is hushed at cruising speeds, and its stonking engine has a quiet side that's buttery smooth around town. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 BMW M340i Is a Return to Form," 24 Mar. 2020 Ocotillo The iron skillet pancake is buttery and fluffy with a delicate crust and a topping of sweet and smoky roasted bananas. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Looking for great pancakes? Here are 17 breakfast restaurants to try in metro Phoenix," 18 Feb. 2020 No matter what's on the table, the buffet or the menu, a warm buttery crescent roll is pretty hard to resist. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Zhuzh it up: 3-ingredient cheesy pesto crescent rolls," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of buttery


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for buttery


Middle English boterie, from Anglo-French, from but cask, butt — more at butt entry 6

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“Buttery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttery. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buttery

: resembling butter
: containing or covered with butter

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