- the fatty part of milk, which rises to the surface when the liquid is allowed to stand unless homogenized.
- a soft solid or thick liquid containing medicaments or other specific ingredients, applied externally for a prophylactic, therapeutic, or cosmetic purpose.
- Usually creams. a soft-centered confection of fondant or fudge coated with chocolate.
- a purée or soup containing cream or milk: cream of tomato soup.
- the best part of anything: the cream of society.
- a yellowish white; light tint of yellow or buff.
- to form cream.
- to froth; foam.
- Informal. to advance or favor only the wealthiest, most skilled or talented, etc., especially so as to reap the benefits oneself: Management is creaming by advancing only the most productive workers.
- Also cream one's jeans. Slang: Vulgar.
- to have an orgasm, especially to ejaculate or experience glandular lubrication of the vagina.
- to be overcome, as in rapturous admiration or delight.
- to work (butter and sugar, or the like) to a smooth, creamy mass.
- to prepare (chicken, oysters, vegetables, etc.) with cream, milk, or a cream sauce.
- to allow (milk) to form cream.
- to skim (milk).
- to separate as cream.
- to take the cream or best part of.
- to use a cosmetic cream on.
- to add cream to (tea, coffee, etc.).
- to beat or damage severely; lambaste.
- to defeat decisively.
- to accomplish, especially to pass (a test or course), with great ease and success: She creamed the math test, getting the highest grade in the class.
- of the color cream; cream-colored.
- cream of the crop, the best or choicest: a college that accepts only students who are the cream of the crop.
Origin of cream
Examples from the Web for cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
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The oatmeal is served with brown sugar, butter and cream, blueberries and raisins.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
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Take potatoes, peal and use ricer, into bowl add milk, butter, and cream.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
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No army cook had encountered anything like Norman cream and eggs.The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
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Icelanders, for example, have over two-dozen kinds of chocolate-covered liquorice, and the Japanese love their Cream Collon.How to Get Cheaper Tickets, Live Like a Local, and Other Great Travel Hacks
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Or perhaps it would be safer to begin with raspberries and cream.
Her mother had brought her a piece of seed-cake and a cup of milk with the cream on it.
The sea is sleeping sapphire that wakes to cream and crash upon the beach.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Whip the cream until it is stiff and fold this into the mixture.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Remove from the stove, allow them to cool, and serve with cream.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
- the fatty part of milk, which rises to the top if the milk is allowed to stand
- (as modifier)cream buns
- anything resembling cream in consistencyshoe cream; beauty cream
- the best one or most essential part of something; pickthe cream of the bunch; the cream of the joke
- a soup containing cream or milkcream of chicken soup
- any of various dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc, resembling or containing cream
- a confection made of fondant or soft fudge, often covered in chocolate
- cream sherry a full-bodied sweet sherry
- a yellowish-white colour
- (as adjective)cream wallpaper
- (tr) to skim or otherwise separate the cream from (milk)
- (tr) to beat (foodstuffs, esp butter and sugar) to a light creamy consistency
- (intr) to form cream
- (tr) to add or apply cream or any creamlike substance toto cream one's face; to cream coffee
- (tr sometimes foll by off) to take away the best part of
- (tr) to prepare or cook (vegetables, chicken, etc) with cream or milk
- to allow (milk) to form a layer of cream on its surface or (of milk) to form such a layer
- (tr) slang, mainly US, Canadian and Australian to beat thoroughly
- (intr) slang (of a man) to ejaculate during orgasm
Word Origin and History for cream
early 14c., creyme, from Old French cresme (13c., Modern French crème) "chrism, holy oil," blend of Late Latin chrisma "ointment" (from Greek khrisma "unguent;" see chrism) and Late Latin cramum "cream," which is perhaps from Gaulish. Replaced Old English ream. Re-borrowed 19c. from French as creme. Figurative sense of "most excellent element or part" is from 1580s. Cream-cheese is from 1580s.
mid-15c., "to foam," from cream (n.). Meaning "to beat, thrash, wreck" is 1929, U.S. colloquial. Related: Creamed; creaming.
- The yellowish fatty component of unhomogenized milk that tends to accumulate at the surface.
- A pharmaceutical preparation consisting of a semisolid emulsion of either the oil-in-water or the water-in-oil type, ordinarily intended for topical use.