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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Flavors of crisp green apple are combined with sweet, buttery caramel to create the perfect fall treat. 2. Fox News, "5 of the world’s best flavored vodkas," 11 Dec. 2015 On top of an already buttery-smooth 120Hz screen that’s brighter and more vibrant than last year's, the Razer Phone 2 has brought even more punch to the speakers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better," 10 Oct. 2018 Like the brand's Gingerbread Man ruddy, red-orange lipstick from last year, Gingerbread Girl smells warm and buttery. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced's Gingerbread Lipstick Is the Only Thing I Want to Wear All Winter," 6 Nov. 2018 Already available for pre-order on juviasplace.com, the Afrique Eyeshadow Palette keeps with the brand's tradition of bold and buttery colors — 12 in all. Marci Robin, Allure, "Juvia's Place Is Coming to Ulta the Same Day It Launches the New Afrique Collection," 18 July 2018 The steak tartare is perfectly cut with mushroom duxelles and piquant aioli, and the escargots are buttery and tender, never chewy. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 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

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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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