mar·​ga·​rine | \ ˈmär-jə-rən , -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

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The relevant analogy here is margarine, according to Galen. Umair Irfan, Vox, "“Fake milk”: why the dairy industry is boiling over plant-based milks," 31 Aug. 2018 Unilever, the result of a 1929 merger of a Dutch margarine maker and a British soap producer, is one of the index’s highest-profile members, alongside British flagship companies such as BP BP 0.64% PLC and Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "FTSE 100 Sets Unilever’s Departure Date," 12 Sep. 2018 Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut margarine into dry mixture until crumbles form; set aside. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Orange zest brightens up crumb cake," 20 Jan. 2018 In a medium bowl, beat together margarine, cream cheese, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Red, white and blue cookies are a patriotic and healthy treat for the holiday," 2 July 2018 Like, not enough margarine to spread on a single bit of bread. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "11 Married People Explain the Totally Relatable Things They Hate About Their Spouses," 3 Aug. 2017 Indian food cooked in vegetable oil or margarine instead of butter—and excised red meats, whole milk, eggs, and cream. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in margarine until the mixture becomes crumbly. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant," 29 May 2018 Spitzenkandidaten are a thin form of EU democracy, the margarine à la bruxelloise to Mr Macron’s full-fat European butter. The Economist, "CharlemagneThe European Commission’s odd way of picking its president," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of margarine

1836, 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 1836

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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 \

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 \

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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