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

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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 Henné Organics’ fast-absorbing hand cream, scented with rose and geranium. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Fashion Month Survival Kit: Jet Lag Supplements, Skin-Saving Ampoules, and More," 21 Feb. 2020 There, diners could simply order dessert like a mille-feuille ($9), a layered treat of puff pastry and cream, or peruse the full breakfast, lunch and brunch menus. Janelle Bitker,, "Maison Danel channels Parisian tea salons in San Francisco," 17 Feb. 2020 Beat in vanilla, salt, cream, and lemon zest and juice. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Spring Daisy Lemon Layer Cake," 11 Feb. 2020 Poinsettia is available in shades of red, pink, cream, salmon and even bicolor. Calvin Finch,, "How to keep your holiday plants going past Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 Step 10 Continue alternating sugar and heavy cream in this fashion, scraping with a spatula periodically, and taking time to let the mixer run in between the additions, until all the sugar and cream have been incorporated. Washington Post, "Yellow Sheet Cake With Pink American Buttercream," 7 Feb. 2020 In fact, a vegan diet is 100% plant-based, meaning it's devoid of all animal foods, including dairy (cheese, yogurt, milk, cream, butter); eggs; meat, poultry or seafood; and for many, honey, explained Palmer. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Thinking of going vegan? What you need to know first," 6 Feb. 2020 Past boxes have included Dermalogica eye serum, Elemis day cream, and HUM skin supplements. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "Best Valentine's Day gifts for her (or them) 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 The 700-watt machine comes in red, cream, and pastel green and features a bold curved handle and round buttons. Popular Science, "The best microwaves for a fast-paced lifestyle," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This tart shell is made in a traditional shortbread method, creaming the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Celebrate Texas grapefruit season with this refreshing tart in an almond shortbread crust," 3 Feb. 2020 In a large mixing bowl, cream the 1/3 cup butter with the sugar using electric mixer. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Testing recipes brought a steady stream of new dishes to my table. A few became favorites.," 7 Jan. 2020 Beating egg whites, creaming butter and sugar together — just about everything will take longer with the small appliance. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "No stand mixer? Here’s how to make and bake the most with your hand mixer.," 6 Dec. 2019 In addition to the muskrat, the meal also consisted of mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn, coleslaw, relish and bread. Vanessa Ray, Detroit Free Press, "Monroe club has been eating muskrat together for more than 100 years," 8 Jan. 2020 Diners choose between an accompanying chopped salad or spicy creamed corn. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Review: Officers Club serves up sophisticated, retro vibes in a former airplane hangar," 10 Dec. 2019 Tennessee searched for creamed corn, and Wisconsin wanted sweet potatoes—but with marshmallows. Vogue, "What Thanksgiving Side Dish Is Your State Obsessed With? Google Has an Idea," 27 Nov. 2019 In a large bowl, combine butter, creamed corn, and sugar. Ama Frias, Woman's Day, "Spicy Cornbread with Chiles and Cheese," 22 Oct. 2019 They were rated on their texture, taste and the ratio of cookies to cream, with a perfect equilibrium earning that ice cream a perfect score. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Who makes the best cookies-and-cream ice cream in the U.S.? We scooped up 15 top brands to find out.," 10 July 2019

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Cream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 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 creamy (audio) \ adjective

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