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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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 Dear Readers: Butter or margarine — what's your preference? Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Butter versus margarine," 20 June 2018 The existing structure has been in place since Lever Bros., an English soap maker, and Margarine Unie, a Dutch margarine producer, agreed to join forces in 1929. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Goodbye London: Unilever Set to Lose Its Place in the FTSE 100," 14 June 2018 In large bowl, beat sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tunnel of Fudge Cake," 20 June 2018 Unilever has been the biggest seller, having pledged its underperforming margarine business to private-equity group KKR for $8 billion in December. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Size Becomes a Handicap for Global Food Giants," 14 June 2018 In 12-inch skillet, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Good Housekeeping, "Traditional Bread Stuffing with Herbs," 9 Oct. 2015

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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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