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

Pretty neat, huh? Tinted lip balm for your cheeks — that's the CliffNotes version of these cream blushes that not only impart a wash of color but also a nice dewy (not glossy) sheen as a finish. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products This Month," 9 July 2018 Narva is a huge fan of hand creams—two of her favorites are from Omorovicza and Tatcha. Janell M. Hickman, SELF, "9 Ways to Not Ruin Your At-Home Manicure," 29 June 2018 To assemble the cake: Spread each wafer with about 1 tablespoon of mint cream, forming about four stacks of six to eight cookies. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 27 June 2018 Transfer to a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly against surface of cream. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Fresh Fruit Tart with Almond Press-In Crust," 11 June 2018 The Water Cream is another Tatcha favorite of the Cut’s beauty section that feels like a light gel but with the moisturizing punch of a cream, making it a good summer face lotion. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Every Single Tatcha Product Is on Sale," 6 June 2018 Online shoppers can also connect their purchase with a consequence; a $90 tub of Goop eye cream, for example, pays for two days of school. Kara Baskin,, "Doing good by looking good," 31 May 2018 The cake was decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Serve Their Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 In a large bowl, combine 1 cup Cheddar, 1 cup Gouda cheese, Parmesan cheese, pasta, cream sauce, and optional ingredients. Fox News, "John McLemore's Independence Day cookout," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "Celebrate National Peanut Butter Cookie Day with this recipe," 12 June 2018 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

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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.


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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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