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.
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.).
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.
anything resembling cream in consistency: shoe cream, beauty cream
the best one or most essential part of something; pick: the cream of the bunch, the cream of the joke
a soup containing cream or milk: cream 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
(transitive) to skim or otherwise separate the cream from (milk)
(transitive) to beat (foodstuffs, esp butter and sugar) to a light creamy consistency
(intransitive) to form cream
(transitive) to add or apply cream or any creamlike substance to: to cream one’s face, to cream coffee
(transitive) sometimes foll by off. to take away the best part of
(transitive) 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
(transitive) (slang, mainly US & Canadian, Austral) to beat thoroughly
(intransitive) (slang) (of a man) to ejaculate during orgasm
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.
A white person; paddy: He was a ”cream” in a car full of home boys and bloods from the black projects (1980s+ Black)
ice cream, ice cream habit
[1990s+ Black teenagers; fr cash rules everything around me]
/ˈkriːmˌleɪd/ adjective 1. (of laid paper) cream-coloured and of a ribbed appearance
noun 1. (def 1). noun 1. Also called cream of coconut. a creamy white liquid skimmed from the top of coconut milk that has been made by soaking grated coconut meat in water, used in East Indian cookery, mixed drinks, etc. 2. a custard pie with shredded or ground coconut.
noun 1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C 4 H 5 KO 6 , used chiefly as an ingredient in baking powders and in galvanic tinning of metals. Also called potassium bitartrate, potassium acid tartrate. Compare (def 3). noun 1. another name for potassium hydrogen tartrate, esp when used in baking powders
noun 1. an open bowl of silver having a ladle or spoon for serving cream.