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 Courtesy Tamara Mellon The Current is now painted entirely Millennial pink, a hue favored by the Instagram generation, and staffed with dozens of associates in boiler suits the same strawberry ice-cream shade. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Testing the Luxury Shoe Market With a Salon on Wheels," 16 Sep. 2019 Formulated with avocado oil to hydrate, cocoa butter to soften, and shea butter to protect from further dehydration, this rich eye cream acts as the perfect barrier against the arid air in the cabin. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 There are also milkshakes ($9) and ice-cream sandwiches ($8). Phillip Valys,, "Flagler Village: New bars, restaurants invade funky Fort Lauderdale village," 23 Aug. 2019 Ice-cream stands are bound up with a holiday feeling of freedom, of release from the ordinary, of Americanness. Katherine Howell, National Review, "The Summer Ice-Cream Stand," 22 Aug. 2019 Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate ($350) and Crème Concentrate ($450) launch in August, and three more products, including an eye cream, will debut in spring 2020. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Tom Ford Is Coming Out With Skincare," 12 Aug. 2019 With Lille having sold the cream of its talent, the group looks like a three-way battle for the two knockout slots between Chelsea, Valencia and Ajax. Jonathan Wilson,, "Liverpool Falls, Haland Breaks Out, PK Drama for Chelsea in UCL's Return," 17 Sep. 2019 And that's due in part, surprisingly, to a drugstore face cream. Marci Robin, Allure, "Cardi B Used This Drugstore Face Cream as Body Lotion for Her Scenes in Hustlers," 15 Sep. 2019 Rather than start with a single cream or serum and expand from there, Simone spent nearly a decade developing and testing a full nine-product line. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "London's Pietro Simone Brings His Namesake Skincare Line to New York," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the absence of regulators to stop them, firms employing the latest technology will be able to cream off the lowest-risk business for themselves, leaving their slower rivals to compete for the less profitable clients who remain. The Economist, "Companies are taking advantage of their new ability to track their workers," 12 Sep. 2019 In an electric mixer, cream the butter on medium speed for 2 minutes. Lisa Yockelson,, "Recipe: For the hosts who have everything, bake a walnut-streusel coffee cake and carry it in the pan," 23 July 2019 There is a tendency for the cream to mound in the center, so be sure to spread cream out to edges of cake, so the cream layer is slightly thicker along the edge than in the center. 13. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Big Woody chicken, with creamed cauliflower and pickled beets. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Platform’s 5th anniversary party, Great Lakes dinner and release, more," 3 June 2019 But also, corn is available all year round in fresh cobs flown in from the Midwest or often South America, in cans of whole and creamed varieties, and in bags in the freezer aisle. Los Angeles Times, "Make the best grilled cheese with Korean corn cheese," 3 Aug. 2019 This corn stock can be delicious for the base of a vegetarian soup or a corn risotto or creamed corn. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best way to cook corn on the cob according to Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli," 30 July 2019 His food was French and American, and sometimes Japanese, too — duck confit with creamed corn, lobster yakitori with sweet potato fritters, pecan squares for dessert. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Allspice to cream soups, or a pinch sprinkled over citrus fruit. 3. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Refrigerator time!," 21 Aug. 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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How to pronounce cream (audio)

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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