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


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


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 cafe also serves salads and non-round sweets, such as Swedish cheesecake with cream and strawberry jam. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Grab your jammies for an Ikea sleepover in Sweden," 23 Aug. 2019 Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds of the way with ice cubes, then add the lime juice, coconut cream and bitters. M. Carrie Allan, The Denver Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 23 Aug. 2019 Scroll down to see some of their—as well as some of our—favorite picks for under-eye creams and serums, below. Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bags," 16 Aug. 2019 After a numbing cream and eye shields are applied, a stamping pen with multiple thin needles penetrates the skin from one to two millimeters. Emily Listfield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Non-Surgical Eye-Lifts Are On the Rise," 14 Aug. 2019 Basic flavors are chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet cream and vegan chocolate, with housemade mix-in options. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "New Nitrogen Ice Cream Shop Opens," 5 Aug. 2019 In India’s southeastern territory of Pondicherry, where the French retained a settlement for almost three centuries, the use of eggs, cream and broad beans (still called French beans there) resulted in serendipitous innovations. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 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,, "There’s nothing quite like parenting a 3-year-old: Whit & Whimsey," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Slowly add melted gelatin mixture to cream and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 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, " 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

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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 Celt origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust

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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 creamy (audio) \ adjective

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