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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Among specific food items tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, egg prices surged 59.9% in 2022, the largest grocery increase by a wide margin, followed by butter/margarine, up 35.3%, and lettuce, up 24.9%. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 13 Jan. 2023 Always dispose of single-use food packaging, such as yogurt containers or margarine tubs, immediately after you're finished with the product. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Jan. 2023 Butter and margarine costs were 34 percent higher in November than 12 months before. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 Both Alphonse Duchesne and Blanche Duménil left school at the age of twelve, Alphonse to labor as a farmhand, Blanche for a job in a margarine factory. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 Since January 2020, margarine prices are up 56%, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 One fellow baker suggested another brand of margarine. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The price of eggs, margarine and flour rose well more than overall costs in the past 12 months—a year when inflation reached the highest level since 1981. Gwynn Guilford And Anthony Debarros, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2022 Instead of trans fat-laden margarine, use olive oil or avocado oil as a spread on your toast or in your cooking. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

Medical Definition


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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