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


The cheese has a buttery flavor.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At iPierogi, located in the Food Building, south wall Tipsy Pecan Tart: Pecan pie infused with Dubliner Irish Whiskey and baked in a buttery shortbread shell. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair’s new foods include grits, lamb chops, duck wings and lots on a stick," 18 June 2019 Cornstarch, lemon zest, some sugar, and let those eight cups of blueberries sing within the walls of buttery, flaky crust. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Summer Pies Should All Be Deep Dish," 18 June 2019 The excellent brews were complemented by a selection of sandwiches, salads, and marvelous desserts, such as a mango tart cradled in buttery crust and tender chocolate layer cake. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019 The fresh, warm dough was light, cakey and buttery, and the sugary glaze dissolved on my tongue. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Are Homemade Doughnuts Worth the Effort and Fire Hazard?," 13 July 2018 For a wild ride and great fish, try Astoria Seafood: People of all ages and ethnicities are drawn here by three common denominators—the freshest seafood, buttery preparation, and prices. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Collaborate with Lancôme on your very own line of buttery-creamy and impressively matte lipsticks, of course. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Exclusive: Camila Coelho Is Launching a Lipstick Collection With Lancôme and She Gave Us All the Detail," 21 Aug. 2018 For fun, look for obscure rums, such as the buttery Zafra Master’s Reserve. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 But there is incredible char, the bun melds nicely with the hot cheese and beef, and the onions are cooked in that buttery, peppery diner-style so often emulated, seldom done this wonderfully. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Thrillist says this KC diner is one of the '21 Best' in America | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This tender, buttery batter, flavored with lemon rind and dredged with sugar before baking, goes into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper (natural parchment paper is thinner than the white and ideal for this). Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 The traditional house bun is swapped out for two, thick buttery slices of Texas toast, adding an extra layer of awesomeness to this special offering. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill," 28 June 2019 Dress up a classic summer barbecue side with buttery leeks. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Leek Potato Salad," 29 May 2019 The ultra-savory roasted chicken breast dish is served with a buttery baked mushroom tart, potato puree and roasted onion demi-glaze ($16). Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: The Florence takes unconventional plunge into dining scene," 27 June 2019 In early June, on the cusp of summer, Spago’s menu is flush with the buttery sweetness of first-of-the-season white corn. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 Take the Why Cycles R+, a titanium gravel and adventure touring machine that tipped the scales at 17.5 pounds (less than many of the carbon wonder bikes) and was a crowd favorite for its buttery smooth ride. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "What We Learned From Our 2019 Bike Test," 25 June 2019 The buttery floorwork in some of the brief solos is delicious, and there are many wonderful individual moments from the cast, but at some point the piece runs out of steam as Molnar, apparently, runs out of ideas. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "Much to relish from Ballet BC at Jacob’s Pillow," 21 June 2019 Baskets of garlic naan ($2.95) and aloo paratha ($4.95) -- flaky, buttery dough layered with potatoes, peas and spices -- competed for precious room with tins of mango chutney ($1.95) and hot pickles (called achar, $1.95). Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 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

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English Language Learners Definition of buttery

: resembling butter
: containing or covered with butter

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