cream

cream
cream1 [ krim ] noun **
1. ) uncount a thick yellow-white liquid taken from the top of milk:
peaches and cream
Would you like cream or ice cream with your apple pie?
a ) only before noun used about food that contains cream:
fish in cream sauce
cream cakes
b ) cream of something a soup containing cream:
cream of tomato soup
2. ) count or uncount a thick smooth substance that you put on your skin, for example to protect it from the sun:
skin cream
sun cream
antiseptic cream
3. ) uncount a yellow-white color
the cream of someone/something/the crop
the best people or things in a particular group:
the cream of the world's mountain climbers
cream
cream 2 [ krim ] adjective *
yellow-white in color:
a cream skirt
cream
cream 3 [ krim ] verb transitive
1. ) to combine two or more things to form a thick smooth mixture:
creamed potatoes
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl.
2. ) INFORMAL to defeat someone easily and completely:
We got creamed in last week's game.
,cream `off phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to take the best people or things from a larger group in order to form a smaller special group:
They always cream off all the best students.
2. ) to take a lot of money or profit, especially an unfair amount, in a business deal:
He wondered how much Lawton had creamed off in addition to his share.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • cream — [krēm] n. [ME creme < OFr craime, cresme, prob. a blend of LL(Ec) chrisma (see CHRISM) & VL crama < Celt base (as in Bret crammen, skin, surface), ult. < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > L corium, hide] 1. the oily, yellowish part of milk …   English World dictionary

  • Cream — (kr[=e]m), n. [F. cr[^e]me, perh. fr. LL. crema cream of milk; cf. L. cremor thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare to burn.] 1. The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cream — 〈[ kri:m] f.; ; unz.〉 Creme, Sahne, Rahm [engl.] * * * Cream [kri:m ], die; , s [engl. cream < afrz. cresme, ↑ Creme]: engl. Bez. für: Creme. * * * Cream   [krɪːm, englisch], britisches Rocktrio, gegründet 1966 von dem Gitarristen E. Clapton,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cream — cream·able; cream; cream·ery; cream·i·ly; cream·i·ness; cream·less; cream·er; …   English syllables

  • cream´i|ly — cream|y «KREE mee», adjective, cream|i|er, cream|i|est. 1. like cream; smooth and soft. 2. having much cream in it: »pie with a rich, creamy filling …   Useful english dictionary

  • cream|y — «KREE mee», adjective, cream|i|er, cream|i|est. 1. like cream; smooth and soft. 2. having much cream in it: »pie with a rich, creamy filling …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cream — Cream, v. i. To form or become covered with cream; to become thick like cream; to assume the appearance of cream; hence, to grow stiff or formal; to mantle. [1913 Webster] There are a sort of men whose visages Do cream and mantle like a standing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cream — Cream, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creamed} (kr?md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creaming}.] 1. To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream. [1913 Webster] 2. To take off the best or choicest part of. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with, or as with, cream. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cream — ► NOUN 1) the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand. 2) a dessert or other food containing cream or having a creamy consistency. 3) a thick liquid or semi solid cosmetic or medical preparation.… …   English terms dictionary

  • cream|er — «KREE muhr», noun. 1. a small pitcher for holding cream; cream pitcher. 2. a machine for separating cream from milk; separator. 3. a refrigerator in which milk is placed while the cream is rising. 4. a powdery creaming agent similar to dried milk …   Useful english dictionary

  • cream|er|y — «KREE muhr ee», noun, plural er|ies. 1. a place where butter and cheese are made. 2. a place where cream, milk, and butter are bought or sold. 3. a place where milk is set for the cream to rise …   Useful english dictionary

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