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butter

noun but·ter \ ˈbə-tər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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: 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

butterless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of butter in a Sentence

  1. Would you like some butter for your potato?

  2. Sauté the onions in melted butter.

Recent Examples of butter from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of butter

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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butter

verb

Definition of butter

transitive verb
:to spread with or as if with butter

Examples of butter in a Sentence

  1. butter a piece of bread

Recent Examples of butter from the Web

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First Known Use of butter

15th century



BUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

butter

noun

Definition of butter for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of butter for English Language Learners

  • : to spread or put butter on (something)


BUTTER Defined for Kids

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butter

noun but·ter \ ˈbə-tər \

Definition of butter for Students

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

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butter

verb

Definition of butter for Students

buttered; buttering
:to spread with or as if with butter

Medical Dictionary

butter

noun but·ter \ ˈbət-ər \

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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