cream

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

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

Semifreddos and no-churn ice-cream get a lot of the no-bake-dessert attention, but a retro icebox cake is equally deserving and delicious. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "How to make an icebox cake, the coolest (literally!) no-bake dessert," 1 Aug. 2019 Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, ice-cream and beverages will be available at the concession stands. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "There’s nothing quite like parenting a 3-year-old: Whit & Whimsey," 25 July 2019 Eventually, the group arrives at their surprise destination: the ice-cream shop! Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Steph Curry Sing Hamilton and Eat Ice Cream with His Daughters Riley and Ryan: 'Fun Times'," 18 July 2019 Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal Give Malik Williams a free pass, and the Louisville center is most likely going to town on some cookies and cream ice cream. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "U of L basketball players eat 10 times a day. What the heck are they chowing down on?," 11 July 2019 Dustin and Steve get their own arc again, but this time their dynamic gets spliced and replicated: Steve with his ice-cream shop coworker Robin (Maya Hawke) and Dustin with Lucas' sister, Erica (Priah Ferguson). Peter Rubin, WIRED, "In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove," 4 July 2019 Finish your meal off with the homemade mint ice-cream. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Vogue’s Official Guide to the Hamptons," 3 July 2019 And here’s the real earth-shaking news: New ice cream treats. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 new OMG-good extreme ice cream shops in the Bay Area," 1 July 2019 Meanwhile, fill daytime hours with science displays, martial arts, puppet shows, an ice-cream-eating contest and more in the children’s area. chicagotribune.com, "15 Things to do with the kids, July 1-7," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sides: Spicy green beans ($2.25 per serving) and a simple half ear of corn on the cob ($2.25 per serving) are welcome options to the traditional pinto beans, potato salad, creamed corn and coleslaw options. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Rusty Bucket BBQ," 9 Feb. 2018 In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1½ cups of the sugar on medium speed until creamy but sandy, about 1 minute. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and smooth, about 1 minute. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Keep in mind that the switch won’t work well for recipes that rely heavily on the lift created from creaming butter and sugar—in other words, best used for dense cookies over fluffy cakes. Laura Sant, Good Housekeeping, "How To Bake With 12 Healthy Sugar Substitutes," 1 May 2017 The creamed corn and coleslaw were representations of the classics that didn’t offend, but a little too soupy for my tastes. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 To make the dough, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla extract well. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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

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 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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