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 Made with nourishing ingredients like shea butter and mango butter, the clean moisturizer ultimately leaves skin feeling buttery smooth. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Starting out with Mars at a piano and Paak and two backup singers leaning on the ivories, Silk Sonic delivered the buttery tune as the crowd readily sang it back to them. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 27 May 2021 Tiyo Shibabaw, the owner of Oakland’s popular Burmese restaurant Teni East Kitchen, is opening a mostly vegetarian cafe devoted to flaky, buttery Malaysian roti canai. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 In town in traffic, the buttery clutch and tractable power output make commutes more fun, while out on the open road, even near its top speed, the Meteor feels unhurried, solid and composed. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 20 May 2021 From your TikTok feed to Amazon's best-sellers list, the Satina leggings are making waves across the Internet thanks to their buttery soft fabric and budget-friendly price. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 20 May 2021 Sandalwood is one of the most ancient wood scent materials, and this iteration of it was created by the masterful Carlos Benaïm of IFF, who leaned into the sweet, buttery quality that makes the wood almost gourmand-like. New York Times, 12 May 2021 And although the seven-speed’s shifter doesn’t have quite the same level of buttery-smooth mechanical precision as the 718 Cayman GTS’s six-speed ‘box, rowing through the gears is a thoroughly satisfying affair. Bradley Iger, Robb Report, 19 May 2021 The tangy lemon flavor of the filling is tempered with the lush sweetness of ripe, seasonal strawberries and a crumbly, buttery, shortbread crust. Jill O’connor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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15 Jun 2021

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“Buttery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttery. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buttery

: resembling butter
: containing or covered with butter

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