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 Allow the cream to soak in overnight, then wipe off the excess with a cotton cloth. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 Then, dollop the cream into the cups, top with the raspberries, add a mint leaf to each, and shower them all with confectioner’s sugar. Washington Post, "Let these chocolate cups filled with cannoli cream be the sweet start to a new year," 23 Dec. 2020 Massage the cream into the skin fresh out of the shower to lock in all that hydration. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Vaseline Brings Black Women to the Table With Its Illuminate Me Collection," 19 Dec. 2020 Pile a generous dollop of the chestnut cream into the center. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Dessert classics updated: Hot toddy pudding and hazelnut cream pavlovas for Christmas," 18 Dec. 2020 Heavier silver overlays need to be polished, but the process is simple today with the available silver cream. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "All aglow with circumstance: Yenke Peddler antiques," 10 Dec. 2020 The almond cream will keep for a week in the refrigerator or can be frozen for up to 2 months. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "The best cookbooks of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Slice and arrange the fruit to cover the cream – go for abundance! Akili King, Vogue, "6 Chefs Share Their Favorite Vegan Recipes For the Holiday Season," 24 Nov. 2020 Once butter melts completely, add the cream and stir to combine. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Chicken With Mushrooms in a Sherry Cream Sauce," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 To make the cake, in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until pale, light and fluffy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s What to Bake So You Stop Election Day Doomscrolling," 3 Nov. 2020 In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 De-Stressing Recipes You'll Need to Make It Through Election Week," 2 Nov. 2020 Use an electric mixer to cream butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium-high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Jonathan Kauffman, WSJ, "A Torte So Delicious, It’s a Special Occasion," 22 Oct. 2020 Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Desserts," 17 Sep. 2020

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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 Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust

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The first known use of cream was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cream. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for cream

cream

noun
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

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 cream (audio) \ adjective

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