[ kree-mer ]
/ ˈkri mər /


a person or thing that creams.
a small jug, pitcher, etc., for holding cream.
a container or apparatus for separating cream from milk.
a refrigerator in which milk is placed to facilitate the formation of cream.
a nondairy product in powder or liquid form, made chiefly from corn syrup solids and used as a substitute for cream, especially for coffee cream.

Nearby words

  1. cream sauce,
  2. cream soda,
  3. cream tea,
  4. cream-crackered,
  5. creamcups,
  6. creamery,
  7. creamlaid,
  8. creampuff,
  9. creamware,
  10. creamwove

Origin of creamer

First recorded in 1855–60; cream + -er1

Origin of cream

1300–50; Middle English creme < Anglo-French, Old French cresme < Late Latin chrīsma chrism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for creamer


/ (ˈkriːmə) /


a vessel or device for separating cream from milk
a powdered substitute for cream, used in coffee
mainly US and Canadian a small jug or pitcher for serving cream


/ (kriːm) /



Derived Formscreamlike, adjective

Word Origin for cream

C14: from Old French cresme, from Late Latin crāmum cream, of Celtic origin; influenced by Church Latin chrisma unction, chrism

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Word Origin and History for creamer
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Medicine definitions for creamer


[ krēm ]


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.

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