cream

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
1
: the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
2
a
: a food prepared with cream
b
: something having the consistency of cream
especially : a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation
3
: the choicest part : best
There were ten men in my boat, and they were the cream of Company L.Jack London
They were still the cream of the crop, socially surpassing not only their constituents but also their colleagues in Congress.Edmund S. Morgan
4
5
a
: a pale yellow
b
: a cream-colored animal

cream

2 of 2

verb

creamed; creaming; creams

intransitive verb

1
: to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk
2
: to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth
also : to move like froth

transitive verb

1
b
: to remove (something choice) from an aggregate
she has creamed off her favorite stories from her earlier booksThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
2
: to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream
also : to dress with a cream sauce
3
a
: to beat into a creamy froth
b
: to work or blend to the consistency of cream
cream butter and sugar together
c
: to cause to form a surface layer of or like cream
4
a
: to defeat decisively
was creamed in the first round
b
: wreck
creamed the car on the turnpike
c
: to hit with force : smash
the quarterback got creamed by the pass rush

Examples of cream in a Sentence

Noun Would you like some cream in your coffee? hot chocolate with whipped cream a chocolate candy with a vanilla cream center The doctor prescribed a new cream for the rash. a cabinet full of special creams and pills Verb Cream the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs. the head-on collision creamed the brand-new car in an instant
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Best Time to Visit Spain for Great Weather and Famous Festivals On their second night at the house, guests will get to pick a recipe from the palace's archives to enjoy for dinner, including Jerez-style cream of artichoke soup and Palacio Domecq’s rice with prawns. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2024 As our dinner’s winding down, our server comes back with a slice of calamansi cream pie and recognizes who he’s been tending to all night. Phillipe Thao, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024
Verb
When making a cake, the reverse creaming method involves mixing the fat (typically butter) into the dry ingredients—a stark contrast to the usual practice of creaming the fat with sugar. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 5 June 2024 In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cream 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cream was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cream. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

cream

1 of 2 noun
1
: the yellowish part of milk containing butterfat
2
a
: a food prepared with cream
cream soup
b
: something having about the same thickness as cream
hand cream
3
: the best part
the cream of the crop
4
: a pale yellow

cream

2 of 2 verb
1
: to skim the cream from
2
: to put cream into
cream tea
3
: to stir or blend until soft and smooth

Medical Definition

cream

noun
1
: the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat
2
: something having the consistency of cream
especially : a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation
creamy adjective

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