like, containing, or spread with butter.
resembling butter, as in smoothness or softness of texture: a vest of buttery leather.
grossly flattering; smarmy.

Origin of buttery

First recorded in 1350–1400, buttery is from the Middle English word buttry. See butter, -y1
Related formsbut·ter·i·ness, noun


[buht-uh-ree, buh-tree]

noun, plural but·ter·ies.

Chiefly New England. a room or rooms in which the provisions, wines, and liquors of a household are kept; pantry; larder.
a room in colleges, especially at Oxford and Cambridge universities, from which articles of food and drink are sold or dispensed to the students.

Origin of buttery

1350–1400; Middle English boterie < Anglo-French, probably equivalent to bote butt4 + -erie -ery
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Related Words for buttery

rancid, butyraceous

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British Dictionary definitions for buttery




containing, like, or coated with butter
informal grossly or insincerely flattering; obsequious
Derived Formsbutteriness, noun



noun plural -teries

a room for storing foods or wines
British (in some universities) a room in which food is supplied or sold to students

Word Origin for buttery

C14: from Anglo-French boterie, from Anglo-Latin buteria, probably from butta cask, butt 4
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Word Origin and History for buttery

"resembling butter," late 14c., from butter (n.) + -y (2). Related: Butteriness.


"place for storing liquor," originally "room where provisions are laid up" (late 14c.), from Old French boterie, from Late Latin botaria, from bota, variant of butta "cask, bottle;" see butt (n.2) + -ery.

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