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 All of the products in Rihanna’s Fenty Skin line are discounted during the Sephora sale, including her new eye cream, sunscreen and toner. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Sephora Spring Savings Sale 2021: Shop the best spring deals," 9 Apr. 2021 Dark circles don't stand a chance against this brightening eye cream that's raked in thousands of shopper reviews. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Sephora's Huge Spring Savings Sale Just Kicked Off—Here Are 10 Discounted Products You Don’t Want to Miss Out On," 9 Apr. 2021 In 50 years Amazon will be using drones to deliver your denture cream. Paul Ford, Wired, "My Dream of the Great Unbundling," 8 Apr. 2021 But for its newest and most decadent cream ever, Guillon turned to something more precious: sturgeon, the rare fish that produces caviar. Kristen Shirley, Robb Report, "We Tried Valmont’s $1,000 Crème Merveilleuse to See if It Lives Up to Its Name," 5 Apr. 2021 My favorite styling cream is the DevaCurl Styling Cream Touchable Curl Definer and the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel. Andrea Jordan, Good Housekeeping, "An Easy Step-By-Step Wash Day Routine for Natural Curly Hair," 1 Apr. 2021 Arkansas is in its cream Sunday jerseys with red hats today. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "LIVE UPDATES: Arkansas vs. Alabama Game 3," 21 Mar. 2021 Your skin doesn't get stressed out, and your retinol cream is free to do its job. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Best Silk Pillowcases of 2021 for Fighting Frizz and Fine Lines While You Snooze," 24 Mar. 2021 This overnight cream is meant to make your skin feel refreshed and renewed the next morning, with 8-hour hydration. NBC News, "Fenty sale 2021: Best deals on Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin," 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "5 favorite Easter brunch recipes perfect for any table," 1 Apr. 2021 Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Jeremy Harlan, CNN, "These epic Girl Scout cookie-inspired recipes put a new spin on classic flavors," 10 Mar. 2021 For the cookies: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Dallas News, "3 essential recipes from Jake Cohen’s new ‘Jew-ish’ cookbook," 5 Mar. 2021 Make custard: Open both cans of coconut milk and, scrape ¾ cup solid coconut cream off tops of cans into a small bowl, then cover and refrigerate. Kristina Kurek, Good Housekeeping, "Coconut Cream Pie," 24 Feb. 2021 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Make This Scrumptious Sugar Cookie Recipe from Beloved New Orleans Bakery Willa Jean," 24 Dec. 2020 Use a stand or hand mixer to cream butter and sugar. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Sheet pan cookies: How to make easy, crunchy cookie brittle at home," 18 Dec. 2020 Using a stand mixer, lightly cream the butter and powdered sugar on low speed until blended. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cookies make the holidays merry: 5 great recipes," 9 Dec. 2020 On medium speed in a standing mixer with whisk attachment, cream together remaining 8 tablespoons (110 grams) butter with the granulated sugar. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to have a smaller, brighter Thanksgiving meal at home," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Cream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 cream (audio) \ adjective

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