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

Remove from heat, and stir in spring vegetables, chives, butter, and parmesan until creamy. Marley Marius, Vogue, "How to Throw a Spring Party, Four Seasons Restaurant-Style," 5 May 2019 Beat butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 3 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019 This basic black long-sleeve polo-neck sweater is made of pure cashmere and feels like butter on your skin. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Case for Buying Less Clothing," 4 Jan. 2019 These nutrient-rich lip oil treatments slide like butter (yes, really) onto your lips, and also give you a sheer pop of color with zero stickiness. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018 To make the dough, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla extract well. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 Make the stir-fry: In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond butter, garlic, tamari, lime zest and juice, and 1⁄4 cup of water. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Sakara Brings Healthy Eating Home With Their New Made-for-Instagram Cookbook," 19 Mar. 2019 Add the butter, 2 eggs, and the yeast mixture and continue to mix until a sticky dough forms—about 3 minutes. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The Best Hot Cross Buns Recipe to Make This Easter," 7 Mar. 2019 The peanut butter had all been eaten, Danville police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 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 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

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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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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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