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cream

noun, often attributive \ ˈkrēm \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of cream

1 : the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
2 a : a food prepared with cream
b : something having the consistency of cream; especially : a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation
3 : the choicest part : best
  • the cream of the crop
4 : creamer 1
5 a : a pale yellow
b : a cream-colored animal

Examples of cream in a Sentence

  1. Would you like some cream in your coffee?

  2. hot chocolate with whipped cream

  3. a chocolate candy with a vanilla cream center

  4. The doctor prescribed a new cream for the rash.

  5. a cabinet full of special creams and pills

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Origin and Etymology of cream

Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celt origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust

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cream

verb

Definition of cream

1 : to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk
2 : to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth; also : to move like froth
1 a : skim 1c
b : to remove (something choice) from an aggregate
  • she has creamed off her favorite stories from her earlier books
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 : to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream; also : to dress with a cream sauce
3 a : to beat into a creamy froth
b : to work or blend to the consistency of cream
  • cream butter and sugar together
c : to cause to form a surface layer of or like cream
4 a : to defeat decisively
  • was creamed in the first round
b : wreck
  • creamed the car on the turnpike
c : to hit with force : smash
  • the quarterback got creamed by the pass rush

Examples of cream in a Sentence

  1. Cream the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs.

  2. the head-on collision creamed the brand-new car in an instant

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First Known Use of cream

1596

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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CREAM Defined for English Language Learners

cream

Definition of cream for English Language Learners

  • : the thick part of milk that rises to the top : the part of milk that contains fat

  • : a food that is made with cream

  • : a very thick liquid or soft substance that is rubbed into the skin to make it softer or is used as a medicine for the skin


cream

Definition of cream for English Language Learners

  • : to stir or mix (ingredients) until they are soft and smooth

  • : to defeat (a person or team) easily and completely

  • : to hit (someone) very hard


CREAM Defined for Kids

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cream

noun \ ˈkrēm \

Definition of cream for Students

1 : the thick yellowish part of milk that contains butterfat
2 : a food prepared with cream
  • cream of mushroom soup
3 : a very thick liquid used to soften, protect, or heal the skin
  • hand cream
4 : the best part
  • Only the cream of the crop get into that college.
5 : a pale yellow

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cream

verb

Definition of cream for Students

creamed; creaming
1 : to stir (as butter) until smooth and soft
2 : to defeat easily and completely
  • They creamed us in the championship game.

Medical Dictionary

cream

noun \ ˈkrēm \

medical Definition of cream

1 : the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
2 : something having the consistency of cream; especially : a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation

creamy

play \ˈkrē-mē\ adjective


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