cream

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkrēm How to pronounce cream (audio) \

Definition of cream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
2a : 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 There were ten men in my boat, and they were the cream of Company L.— Jack London They were still the cream of the crop, socially surpassing not only their constituents but also their colleagues in Congress.Edmund S. Morgan
5a : a pale yellow
b : a cream-colored animal

cream

verb
creamed; creaming; creams

Definition of cream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

b : to remove (something choice) from an aggregate she has creamed off her favorite stories from her earlier booksThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
2 : to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream also : to dress with a cream sauce
3a : 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
4a : 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

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Examples of cream in a Sentence

Noun

Would you like some cream in your coffee? hot chocolate with whipped cream a chocolate candy with a vanilla cream center The doctor prescribed a new cream for the rash. a cabinet full of special creams and pills

Verb

Cream the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs. the head-on collision creamed the brand-new car in an instant
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The traditional piña colada, loaded with Bacardi rum, cream of coconut and pineapple came dressed with the token umbrella and was a smooth-sipping treat that begged for a backdrop of Jimmy Buffet music. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Hawks Burger Bar," 14 June 2019 The budget would spend $17.1 million to help people on Medi-Cal access vision, hearing, incontinence creams and washes, podiatry and speech therapy. Fox News, "California OKs $214.8B budget, including health insurance for illegal immigrants, money for homelessness," 14 June 2019 End with an afternoon cream tea in Muker before heading back to the hotel. National Geographic, "Hiking England Coast to Coast," 12 June 2019 The medications typically were creams for pain and skin conditions such as scarring, which are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Doctor sentenced to 3 months in compounded medicine case that defrauded Connecticut taxpayers for $877,882," 12 June 2019 This is a candy bar version of the Oreo: Chocolate outside with a white mystery cream center. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official candy bar power rankings," 11 June 2019 The fajitas include your choice of Angus steak, chicken or shrimp flambeed — tableside — with onion and bell peppers, served with Mexican citrus cream pico de gallo, guacamole, chiles toreados, rice, beans and corn tortillas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you made your dinner reservations yet?," 11 June 2019 Instead of focusing mainly on butter, bacon and cream, try incorporating more coconut oil, olive oil, and nuts, seeds and avocado. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "The do’s and don’ts of the high-fat, low-carb keto diet: Best of Molly Kimball," 11 June 2019 Good news: The redness should go away overnight. Hydrocortisone cream can soothe your skin. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Your First Bikini Wax," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keep in mind that the switch won’t work well for recipes that rely heavily on the lift created from creaming butter and sugar—in other words, best used for dense cookies over fluffy cakes. Laura Sant, Good Housekeeping, "How To Bake With 12 Healthy Sugar Substitutes," 1 May 2017 The creamed corn and coleslaw were representations of the classics that didn’t offend, but a little too soupy for my tastes. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 To make the dough, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla extract well. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 Roll out on a floured countertop and spread over prewarmed chili (or beef and gravy, stews or creamed vegetables) in a casserole dish and place in oven until crust is brown. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Simple, Easy Pancakes," 1 Sep. 2018 The Yankees creamed the Red Sox 10-1 at the Wednesday night game. Fox News, "Red Sox fan electrocuted after trying to train surf from Yankee Stadium," 21 Sep. 2018 The anti-Florida of 2018 was Iowa, a traditional swing state where Clinton got creamed by 9 points. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "What the 2018 results tell us about 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 The range also includes several palettes: cream contour, powder contour, highlighter, and blush and bronze options, which, at $14 or $16, are the most expensive items in the collection — while still being incredibly affordable. Andrea Park, Allure, "CVS Teams Up With Kiss Products for Joah, an Affordable Korean Beauty–Inspired Collection," 31 July 2018 In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter over medium speed just until creamy. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day with this recipe," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of cream

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cream

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cream (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈkrēm How to pronounce cream (audio) \

Kids Definition of cream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cream

verb
creamed; creaming

Kids Definition of cream (Entry 2 of 2)

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

cream

noun
\ ˈkrēm How to pronounce cream (audio) \

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

Other Words from cream

creamy \ ˈkrē-​mē How to pronounce creamy (audio) \ adjective

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