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 The peaches retain their meatiness in a cradle of buttery pastry, which offsets their texture and captures any excess juice. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 After an hour and some change in the oven, the cobbler comes out with a 50-50 split between bubbling cherries and crusty buttery pastry. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Originally packed with a savory meaty filling, the recipe for mince pies involves a mixture of fruit and spaces that gets enclosed in a buttery pastry. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 The brightness of the preserves is just the acidity to balance out the buttery pastry. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Suddenly my kitchen was filled with the smell of Malushi’s childhood memories—buttery pastry crisping up; cheese softening to a molten, aromatic paste. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 29 June 2021 Why should long-travel enduro bikes be the only ones with the buttery-smooth feel of a coil shock? Outside Online, 27 May 2022 The Phantom’s high-status features extend into the engine bay, where power is provided by a buttery-smooth 563-hp twin-turbo V-12. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, 5 Feb. 2022 The Jersey rapper rides a dark and twisted beat, her buttery-smooth tone juxtaposing the rock-rap instrumental. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The buche should be soft and buttery in texture, the cuerito just the right amount of chewy. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 5 Feb. 2022 Admittedly, these are never going to be ultra-buttery, indulgent fluffsters. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 14 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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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“Buttery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttery. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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