cre·​mi·​ni kri-ˈmē-nē How to pronounce cremini (audio)
variants or crimini
plural cremini also creminis
: a meaty cultivated brown or tan mushroom that is of the same variety of button mushroom as the larger and more mature portobello

Examples of cremini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add 1 pound fresh cremini mushrooms, quartered, and 1 yellow or red sweet pepper, cut into strips, with the onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2023 More and more people in L.A. are looking to forage for mushrooms, grow them at home and cook varieties beyond the humble cremini. Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2023 Substitute sliced thin cremini or button mushrooms or your favorite variety. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 29 Jan. 2023 Spaghetti pleases most kids, and this recipe will also please parents thanks to the addition of green beans and cremini mushrooms. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 9 Dec. 2022 The silky risotto is made with Marsala wine, cremini mushrooms, and fresh spinach. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2022 But white button, brown cremini and giant portobellos are all the same variety. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Mushroom tacos can be made simply with a skillet of sautéed cremini mushrooms – or with meaty wild varieties such as oyster mushrooms for a vegetarian version of carnitas. Casey Barber, CNN, 4 Oct. 2022 These mushrooms are the mature, adult version of the cremini mushroom and have a more earthy flavor. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Italian, plural of cremino, from crema cream, from Middle French cresme; probably from their color — more at cream

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cremini was in 1984

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Cite this Entry

“Cremini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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