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


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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More problems: Your cans of chili might actually be full of cream of chicken soup, Skyline recall warns. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 Luckily, no jellyfish were harmed in the making of this cream. Megan Decker,, 9 Feb. 2022 Color choices include cream, mushroom, and a steely blue-gray, all with legs finished in dark brown. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 30 Apr. 2022 Coconut whipped cream in place of traditional dairy, plus coconut oil and coconut milk in the pie's filling for a luxe, velvety bite. Taylor Worden, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 Today, recipes also call for milk, cream, sugar and eggs. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Guests are welcomed in a sophisticated lobby with a black and cream cabochon marble floor reflected in the mirrored ceiling and a bespoke reception desk with an ebony finish and brass detailing. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2022 Parker's look featured a black and cream tulle dress with lace accents while McQueen completed his ensemble with a tuxedo jacket, red plaid kilt, and black lace-up boots with white knee-high socks., 25 Apr. 2022 In 1970, the London supergroup Splinters represented the absolute cream, which makes this three-CD box set from the Jazz in Britain label such a fantastic listen. Ron Hart, SPIN, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thinking about how my life rushes on like the waves churned to cream in our wake, changing too fast to fix my eye. Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2021 In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 Models, influencers, and fashion executives are all making a case for the blank-canvas look, from bone dresses to cream sneakers. Vogue, 24 Feb. 2022 In a large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2022 In a large bowl, cream the butter by using an electric mixer. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 11 Feb. 2022 In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 Using electric beaters or a stand mixer, cream the softened mascarpone or cream cheese, stopping often to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Outside Online, 4 May 2019 This blanket comes in two colorways: cream with hints of blue and yellow woven throughout, and deep evergreen with pink, yellow, and purple notes. Ariel Scotti,, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cream


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cream


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

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\ 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


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.


\ 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 cream (audio) \ adjective

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