margarine

noun mar·ga·rine \ ˈmär-jə-rən , -ˌrēn ; ˈmärj-rən \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of margarine

: a food product made usually from vegetable oils churned with ripened skim milk to a smooth emulsion and used like butter

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Origin and Etymology of margarine

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


MARGARINE Defined for English Language Learners

margarine

Definition of margarine for English Language Learners

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


MARGARINE Defined for Kids

margarine

noun mar·ga·rine \ ˈmär-jə-rən \

Definition of margarine for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

margarine

noun mar·ga·rine \ ˈmärj-(ə-)rən, -ə-ˌrēn \

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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