cream

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 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 Anglo-Dutch giant, which owns the Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum ice-cream brands, said Thursday that underlying sales growth in 2019 will be at the low end of its 3% to 5% target. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "The Hidden Risk in Consumer Giants’ Shopping Spree," 31 Jan. 2019 His Finca Altozano now encompasses the original outdoor grill restaurant, a tortas truck, an ice-cream shop, and the pop-up dinner series Animalón under a 100-year-old oak tree. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Grind those, too, for an easy press-in pie or tart crust or an ice-cream topping. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Meet your favorite kitchen helper: The food processor," 23 Oct. 2018 An ice-cream flavor in his honor, a pizza named after him, queues to buy his shirt: For some, Cristiano Ronaldo is as important as the Pope. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo mania inspires 'CR7' ice cream, pizza," 13 July 2018 After applying a glow-inducing cream or powder along the tops of your cheekbones, add a dusting to the tops of your shoulders and collarbone. Sarah Ferguson, Marie Claire, "3 Spots You're Forgetting About When Getting Ready," 11 Dec. 2018 The dish is more like a custard: Specifically, it is described as a malted pumpkin cream with a housemade vanilla marshmallow topping. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Dessert Chefs Reinterpret Pie Traditions, Piece by Piece," 20 Nov. 2018 There is an amazing blueberry farm close by and an ice-cream factory in town! Heidi Mitchell, House Beautiful, "This Lake Michigan House Was Built With Summertime In Mind," 16 Aug. 2018 Using plastic wrap handles, remove ice-cream layer from pan and place on top of cake layer. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Success with this Fourth of July cake is worth celebrating," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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, SFChronicle.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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 \

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 \

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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