noun, often attributive
\ ˈkrēm \

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 the cream of the crop

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

1a : skim sense 1c

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


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


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

Middleton is notorious for her picture-perfect royal style, and Markle stepped up to the plate in cream high-waisted suit pants, a tucked in white and blue striped button-up from Ralph Lauren, and the cherry on top — the panama hat. Anna Millard,, "Yes, You've Seen Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Hat Before," 14 July 2018 Theft 3700 block of Palm Avenue in Cooper City, July 2, 12:45 p.m. Someone in a cream colored Ford F-150 stole two Stihl leaf blowers from the swale area next to a landscaping trailer. Dan White,, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Louis was dressed in a cream, frilly lace royal christening gown — a replica of the intricate robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841., "William and Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, christened," 9 July 2018 The homemade spinach gnocchi in Gorgonzola cream, a dish that elsewhere is often too heavy, were irresistible melt-aways of blue cheese indulgence. Craig Laban,, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 Among the appetizers, the clear standout was polenta profumo del bosco — crunchy fried triangles of soft-inside polenta with a bright corn flavor, topped with intensely woodsy mushrooms cooked in cream. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It's not flashy or splashy, but Roseville's Ciao excels at cooking classic Italian," 8 June 2018 About 75 percent of the menu is gluten free, and nothing is ever cooked in cream or butter. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Eat vegan? Gluten free? This Butchertown restaurant feeds every diet," 7 June 2018 The pirate pants and sleeveless shirts and cream sweaters and smoker jackets and headbands have drawn plenty of attention. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Summarizing the First Few Days of the French a Poem," 30 May 2018 Park Hyatt Bangkok You're pointed to the hotel entrance by a series of discrete signs in gold lettering, where lifts take you to the beautiful 10th floor lobby decorated in cream and white and accented with simple, bold artworks, also in gold. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Asia," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter on low speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Nik Sharma,, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 In an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter for 3 minutes. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: Every baker needs a simple blueberry cake for the summer table," 18 June 2018 In another bowl, cream the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies," 2 May 2018 Sunday brunch, with breakfast sandwiches, biscuits & gravy, and creamed chipped beef, is planned. Michael Klein,, "Suburban Restaurant adds a food truck at its brewery," 14 May 2018 In shades of brown, navy, and cream leather, faux croc, and silk, the bags certainly nod to the ’90s and early ’00s, but true fashion obsessives will recognize a ’40s influence in the ladylike silhouettes. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Your Favorite Shoe Brand Is Launching Handbags—Including a ’90s Baguette Named After a Friends Character," 27 Apr. 2018 Baxter has struck the perfect balance between moisturizer and night cream, though: Super Shape is a dense, fast-absorbing, cream that hydrates the skin and reverses signs of gaining with proteins, oils, and extracts. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Night Cream for Men Will Fix Your Face While You Sleep," 12 Mar. 2018 Beat butter, cream cheese and coconut extract in large bowl with electric mixer until creamed and blended. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut-White Chocolate Frosting," 5 Mar. 2010 Add gelatin to cream mixture, stirring to dissolve gelatin. Alex Van Buren,, "The Best No-Cook, Make-Ahead Dessert for the 4th of July," 25 June 2018

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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 Celt origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust

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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



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


\ ˈkrēm \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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