a kind of liquid butter, used especially in the cooking of India, made from the milk of cows or buffaloes and clarified by boiling.

Origin of ghee

First recorded in 1655–65, ghee is from the Hindi word ghī Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ghee

Contemporary Examples of ghee

Historical Examples of ghee

  • The milk that remains after the meals should be turned into ghee or clarified butter.

  • The number of oil and ghee pots in use in the country is very large.

  • It may be fruit, or brass pots, or ghee, or whatever else may be thought most acceptable.


    John Francis Arundell

  • What stores of flour, and rice and ghee, and condiments were laid in!


    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • The servant then put some ghee on his tongue, and made him swallow it.

    Dealings With The Dead

    A Sexton of the Old School

British Dictionary definitions for ghee



butter, clarified by boiling, used in Indian cookery

Word Origin for ghee

C17: from Hindi ghī, from Sanskrit ghri sprinkle
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