margarine

noun

mar·​ga·​rine ˈmär-jə-rən How to pronounce margarine (audio)
-ˌrēn;
ˈmärj-rən
: a food product made usually from vegetable oils churned with ripened skim milk to a smooth emulsion and used like butter

Examples of margarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vegetable oil, a crucial ingredient in margarine, is in tighter supply. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 11 May 2023 Or bake with some plastic concoction called margarine? Dana McMahan, The Courier-Journal, 16 Jan. 2024 Due to the combination of margarine and butter, our best chocolate chip cookie recipe doesn’t call for any rest time between mixing and baking. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Feb. 2024 Every Preference Our Test Kitchen’s quintessential homemade chocolate chip cookie method includes: An equal mix of butter and margarine to make the dough easy to work with, checking the boxes of both flavor and texture. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for margarine 

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Word History

Etymology

French, ultimately from Greek margaron pearl, probably back-formation from margaritēs

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of margarine was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Margarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/margarine. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

margarine

noun
mar·​ga·​rine ˈmärj-(ə-)rən How to pronounce margarine (audio)
ˈmärj-ə-ˌrēn
: a food product made from usually vegetable oils and skim milk and used as a spread and a cooking fat

Medical Definition

margarine

noun
mar·​ga·​rine ˈmärj-(ə-)rən, -ə-ˌrēn How to pronounce margarine (audio)
: a food product made usually from vegetable oils churned with ripened skim milk to a smooth emulsion, often fortified with vitamins A and D, and used as a substitute for butter

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