buttery

1
[buht-uh-ree]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. butterpaste,
  2. butterscotch,
  3. butterweed,
  4. butterwort,
  5. butterworth,
  6. butthead,
  7. butthole,
  8. butthurt,
  9. buttie,
  10. butting

Origin of buttery

1
First recorded in 1350–1400, buttery is from the Middle English word buttry. See butter, -y1

Related formsbut·ter·i·ness, noun

buttery

2
[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

2
1350–1400; Middle English boterie < Anglo-French, probably equivalent to bote butt4 + -erie -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for buttery

buttery

1

adjective

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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