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 Unlike frying, which uses oil or butter for heat transfer, convection uses a fan to quickly circulate hot air. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "The Complete Guide to Air Fryers," 7 Apr. 2021 Made with hard-anodized aluminum, this pan heats evenly and has a nonstick surface which reduces the amount of oil or butter needed. Sam Lauron, Southern Living, "The 10 Best Grill Pans for Indoor Grilling, According to Thousands of Customer Reviews," 6 Apr. 2021 Pour about a teaspoon of canola oil, vegetable oil or butter into a cast-iron or heavy-duty nonstick skillet. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to cook steak," 17 Mar. 2021 In a 10- or 12-inch oven-proof frying pan over medium heat, combine the olive oil and butter. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Transform diner-style hash into an elegant dinner with beets and other additions," 12 Mar. 2021 Clean-up was just as simple: All components of the machine that touch the oil or butter during the infusion process are dishwasher-safe. Annie O'sullivan, Good Housekeeping, "GH Tested: LĒVO II Herbal Oil & Butter Infuser," 2 Mar. 2021 Add olive oil and unsalted butter, add some gnocchi without crowding, and sauté until nicely colored, gently flip and cook the other side. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 Fold in the olive oil, butter and grainy mustard, if using. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tyler Florence’s Mashed Potatoes," 18 Nov. 2020 The extra time in the oil or butter reliably coaxes the flavor out of the tough spices. TheWeek, "Big flavor from hot oil," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 8-inch-round 2-quart souffle ramekin or 2-quart pot. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "This bright seafood souffle is a celebratory meal to raise spirits for New Year’s," 29 Dec. 2020 Chef Nigella Lawson has unwittingly hatched a controversy over how to butter toast. Brett Harman, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 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, "ASK IRA: Does win total matter for Heat in seeding games?," 1 Aug. 2020 Stop, drop, and butter your roll. Pies before guys. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "125 Best Thanksgiving Captions for Every Instagram Photo You Post on Turkey Day," 24 July 2020 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

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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

15 Apr 2021

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“Butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butter. Accessed 18 Apr. 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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