mar·​ga·​rine | \ ˈmär-jə-rən How to pronounce margarine (audio) , -ˌrēn; ˈmärj-rən \

Definition of margarine

: 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 Pour batter mixture into baking dish over melted margarine or butter. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pick your own fruits and vegetables at these Cleveland-area orchards and farms," 20 Aug. 2020 At the same time, new commercial uses were found for whale oil: in explosive munitions, a trench-foot treatment, soap, margarine, lipstick, burn gel. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, "What Have We Done to the Whale?," 17 Aug. 2020 In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or working with electric beaters and a large bowl, beat the margarine and granulated sugar together on medium until creamy. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "These Black-and-White Cookies Are What We All Need Right Now," 3 Apr. 2020 In a large skillet, heat oil and margarine over medium heat. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus: How to buy and prepare this vitamin-rich vegetable," 5 June 2020 When hot and thick, add cheeses, butter or margarine and sugar. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's 'Derby' week. Here are 3 Hot Brown recipes from Louisville restaurants to try at home," 29 Apr. 2020 As Bourne discovered when her boyfriend asked why a plastic margarine tub was melting on the stove in their London home. Sarah Dean, CNN, "'I woke up and couldn't taste or smell:' A possible early sign of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 Vintage denim blue, margarine yellow, and pistachio ice cream green all were featured throughout, on both outdoor tennis courts on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and 19th-century grandeur establishments in Paris. Eliza Huber,, "These 6 Spring Colour Trends Will Brighten Your Day," 8 Apr. 2020 To put that into context, five grams is about a half pat of butter or margarine and one teaspoon of mayonnaise or fatty dairy products. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Using olive oil instead of butter, margarine and mayonnaise could add years to the life of your heart, study says," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of margarine

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for margarine

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

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The first known use of margarine was in 1873

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31 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Margarine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of margarine

: a food that resembles butter and is made from vegetable oils


mar·​ga·​rine | \ ˈmär-jə-rən How to pronounce margarine (audio) \

Kids Definition of margarine

: a food product made usually from vegetable oils and skim milk and used as a spread or for cooking


mar·​ga·​rine | \ ˈmärj-(ə-)rən, -ə-ˌrēn How to pronounce margarine (audio) \

Medical Definition of margarine

: 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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