but·​tery | \ˈbə-tə-rē, 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 \

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

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 While the dress seemed to be a big hit with most, some were not as complimentary of the buttery yellow frock. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 Mayer did plenty of showboating but never tried to hog the spotlight, his buttery riffs always in service of the Dead spirit. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company," 23 June 2018 Her deep-dish egg tart brings perfectly diced, sautéed butternut squash and creamy egg custard in a buttery crust. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Made with buttery piecrust, it’s filled with a vibrant summer berry compote that includes strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, as well as a dash of sweet cream cheese. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Pop-Tart or Toaster Strudel? No need to pick a side," 24 May 2018 Yet for the July issue, the American beauty took the plunge into buttery blonde territory—courtesy of celebrity hairstylist and color expert, Chris Appleton, who left the beach-y texture to fall past her shoulders. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Just Got a Dramatic New Makeover—And She’s Practically Unrecognizable," 4 June 2018 The Shimano 105 group set is nothing short of remarkable, as the shifting feels basically as buttery and accurate as top-line Dura Ace. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Bikes for Road and Trail," 4 June 2018 The lamb meat is so soft and tender – akin to pulled pork but lighter – and comes scattered atop a mound of spiced rice studded with buttery roasted almond slivers. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Dearborn's La2 Mooshi Grill melds Lebanese and Brazilian," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the results are worth it — there's a reason why they've been prized since Roman times for their rich, buttery flavor. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Spring ragout, stews, risotto and more great recipes using artichokes, now in season," 20 Apr. 2018 Steel pans are the decorations that matter most, though — steel pans filled with lamb vindaloo that needed no special instructions to bring the heat, roiling with chile heat over tender cubes of lamb that soaked up the buttery sauce. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 One of the must-have dishes for many Super Bowl parties is Buffalo Hot Wings, the two-bite morsels of fried chicken coated with a buttery hot sauce, served with blue cheese dressing and crunchy celery sticks. OregonLive.com, "Classic Buffalo hot wings, plus 13 spicy recipe variations, for Super Bowl 2018," 22 Jan. 2018 Garnished with rosemary and flaky sea salt, these sweet and buttery dinner rolls are perfect for sopping up all that sauce and gravy goodness. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Buttery Rosemary Rolls," 17 Mar. 2017 The box of pastry contains one or two thin flat sheets of dough that will bake into a thousand delicate, buttery layers. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 The buttery-soft fabric is also super comfy to lounge around in. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Ridge Merino's Jovi Is the Tank of Summer," 6 July 2018 The contrast of tangy fresh cheese and buttery olive oil, scented with herbs and spices is a contrast everyone loves. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Need an easy slam-dunk for a potluck? Try marinated cheese," 4 July 2018 The marché is brimming with local specialties like buttery brioche, honey by Ruchers des Chouans, sea salt harvested by hand, smoked fish, and bottles of N'O, the island’s only craft beer. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018

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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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