\ ˌīs-ˈkrēm How to pronounce ice-cream (audio) , ˈīs-ˌkrēm \

Definition of ice-cream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a color similar to that of vanilla ice cream

ice cream

\ ˌīs-ˈkrēm How to pronounce ice cream (audio) , ˈīs-ˌkrēm \

Definition of ice cream (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sweet flavored frozen food containing cream or butterfat and usually eggs

Examples of ice-cream in a Sentence

Noun What flavor of ice cream do you like?
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blend with condensed milk to make the most decadent 5-minute ice cream, sprinkle with chili for an unusual breakfast, or just enjoy as is—without the messy kitchen. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, "These Are the Best Frozen Fruits To Buy Now," 24 Apr. 2021 The rapid mixing of the ice cream should result in a product with no more than 30% air. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, "The Ice Cream Con: Italy Cracks Down On Air-Pumped Gelato," 19 Apr. 2021 Pair your coffee with a cheese croissant for a light snack or request the Vietnamese coffee ice cream float for a sweeter treat. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Houston's best Vietnamese coffee spots are the cure to summer sluggishness," 5 Apr. 2021 The ice cream will be available in Progressive Field and retail outlets. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Indians ice cream, Ghost Tree Brewing, Fat Head’s beer news - WTAM 5-minute food-drinks chat," 31 Mar. 2021 One brother was a cashier and the other scooped ice cream. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "People's Choice Detroit Food Fighter praised for efforts to help restaurant workers," 28 Mar. 2021 Take it out of the package: Put the ice cream or chips in a bowl. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Updated dietary guidelines fall short, some health experts say," 2 Mar. 2021 Officials believe the coronavirus was able to survive in the ice cream due to the cold temperature and was likely transferred from a person who was positive for the virus. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Ice cream from China contaminated with coronavirus: report," 16 Jan. 2021 But while there are a million ways to make coffee easily at home, ice cream is harder to just whip up. Wilson Rothman, WSJ, "Best of CES 2021: The (Virtual) Tech Show’s Weirdest and Most Wondrous Gadgets," 15 Jan. 2021

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1874, in the meaning defined above


1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice-cream.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ice cream

: a frozen food containing sweetened and flavored cream

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Kids Definition of ice cream

: a frozen food containing sweetened and flavored cream or butterfat

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