What does cream mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cream.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cream, picknoun

    the best people or things in a group

    "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"

  2. creamnoun

    the part of milk containing the butterfat

  3. cream, ointment, emollientverb

    toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin

  4. creamverb

    make creamy by beating

    "Cream the butter"

  5. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lickverb

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    "We licked the other team on Sunday!"

  6. creamverb

    put on cream, as on one's face or body

    "She creams her face every night"

  7. skim, skim off, cream off, creamverb

    remove from the surface

    "skim cream from the surface of milk"

  8. creamverb

    add cream to one's coffee, for example


  1. creamnoun

    The butterfat/milkfat part of milk which rises to the top; this part when separated from the remainder.

    Take 100 ml of cream and 50 grams of sugar uE00015073uE001

  2. creamnoun

    Frosting, custard, creamer or another substance similar to the oily part of milk or to whipped cream.

  3. creamnoun

    The best part of something.

    The cream of the crop.

  4. creamnoun

    A viscous aqueous oil/fat emulsion with a medicament added, used to apply that medicament to the skin. (compare with ointment)

    You look really sunburnt; you should apply some cream.

  5. creamnoun


  6. creamnoun

    The chrism or consecrated oil used in anointing ceremonies.

  7. creamverb

    To puree, to blend with a liquifying process.

    Cream the vegetables with the olive oil, flour, salt and water mixture.

  8. creamverb

    To turn into a yellowish white colour; to give something the color of cream.

  9. creamverb

    To obliterate, to defeat decisively.

    We creamed the opposing team!

  10. creamverb

    To ejaculate .

  11. creamadjective

    Cream-coloured; having a yellowish white colour.

  12. Etymology: creime, creme, from creme, cresme (compare crème), blend of chrisma 'ointment' (from χρῖσμα 'unguent'), and cramum 'skim', from *crama (compare cramen 'scab, skin', crammen), from (s)krama- (compare screm 'surface, skin', Dutch schram 'abrasion', kramas 'scurf'). Replaced ream.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CREAMnoun

    Etymology: cremor, Latin.

    It is not your inky brows, your black silk hair,
    Your bugle eye-balls, nor your cheek of cream,
    That can entame my spirits to your worship. William Shakespeare.

    I am as vigilant as a cat to steal cream. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Cream is matured and made to rise more speedily, by putting in cold water; which, as it seemeth, getteth down the whey. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 314.

    How the drudging goblin swet,
    To earn his cream- bowl duly set;
    When in one night, ere glimpse of morn,
    His shadowy flail hath thresh’d the corn. John Milton.

    Let your various creams incircled be
    With swelling fruit, just ravish’d from the tree. King.

    Milk, standing some time, naturally separates into an oily liquor called cream, and a thinner, blue, and more ponderous liquor called skimmed milk. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

  2. To Creamverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

  3. To Creamverb

    To gather cream.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    There are a sort of men, whose visages
    Do cream and mantle like a standing pond;
    And do a wilful stiffness entertain,
    With purpose to be drest in an opinion
    Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.


  1. Cream

    Cream is a dairy product composed of the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, the fat, which is less dense, eventually rises to the top. In the industrial production of cream, this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called "separators". In many countries, it is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. It can be dried to a powder for shipment to distant markets, and contains high levels of saturated fat.Cream skimmed from milk may be called "sweet cream" to distinguish it from cream skimmed from whey, a by-product of cheese-making. Whey cream has a lower fat content and tastes more salty, tangy and "cheesy". In many countries partially fermented cream is also sold: sour cream, crème fraîche, and so on. Both forms have many culinary uses in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cream produced by cattle (particularly Jersey cattle) grazing on natural pasture often contains some carotenoid pigments derived from the plants they eat; traces of these intensely colored pigments give milk a slightly yellow tone, hence the name of the yellowish-white color: cream. Carotenoids are also the origin of butter's yellow color. Cream from goat's milk, water buffalo milk, or from cows fed indoors on grain or grain-based pellets, is white.


  1. cream

    Cream is a thick, rich, and often sweet, substance or liquid that is produced from the high-fat part of milk. It can be used in cooking or baking, as a topping for desserts, or as a base for sauces and soups. In addition, cream also refers to a cosmetic or medicinal product that is water or oil-based and is used to protect, nourish, or soothe the skin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Creamnoun

    the rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the surface. It is the part of milk from which butter is obtained

  2. Creamnoun

    the part of any liquor that rises, and collects on the surface

  3. Creamnoun

    a delicacy of several kinds prepared for the table from cream, etc., or so as to resemble cream

  4. Creamnoun

    a cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation

  5. Creamnoun

    the best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a collection of books or pictures

  6. Creamverb

    to skim, or take off by skimming, as cream

  7. Creamverb

    to take off the best or choicest part of

  8. Creamverb

    to furnish with, or as with, cream

  9. Creamverb

    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

  10. Etymology: [F. crme, perh. fr. LL. crema cream of milk; cf. L. cremor thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare to burn.]


  1. Cream

    Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, the fat, which is less dense, will eventually rise to the top. In the industrial production of cream this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called "separators". In many countries, cream is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. Cream can be dried to a powder for shipment to distant markets. Cream skimmed from milk may be called "sweet cream" to distinguish it from whey cream skimmed from whey, a by-product of cheese-making. Whey cream has a lower fat content and tastes more salty, tangy and "cheesy". They are also used in variety of food product. Cream produced by cattle grazing on natural pasture often contains some natural carotenoid pigments derived from the plants they eat; this gives the cream a slight yellow tone, hence the name of the yellowish-white color, cream. Cream from goat's milk, or from cows fed indoors on grain or grain-based pellets, is white.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cream

    krēm, n. the oily substance which forms on milk, yielding butter when churned: the best part of anything: any cream-like preparation, as cold cream for the skin, &c., or any dish largely made of cream, or like cream, as chocolate-cream, ice-cream, whipped-cream, &c.—v.t. to take off the cream.—v.i. to gather or form cream.—ns. Cream′-cake, a kind of cake filled with custard made of cream, &c.; Cream′-cheese, cheese made of cream.—adj. Cream′-col′oured, of the colour of cream, light yellow.—n. Cream′ery, an establishment where butter and cheese are made from the milk supplied by a number of producers: a shop for milk, butter, &c.—adj. Cream′-faced, pale-faced.—ns. Cream′-fruit, the fruit of a creeping West African plant of the dogbane family, yielding a cream-like juice; Cream′iness.—adj. Cream′-laid, of a cream-colour and laid, or bearing linear water-lines as if laid.—ns. Cream′-nut, the Brazil nut; Cream′-slice, a wooden blade for skimming cream from milk.—adjs. Cream′-wove, woven of a cream-colour; Cream′y, full of or like cream: gathering like cream.—Cream of tartar, a white crystalline compound made by purifying argol, bitartrate of potash. [O. Fr. cresme, creme—L. chrisma.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CREAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cream is ranked #79075 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cream surname appeared 241 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cream.

    56.4% or 136 total occurrences were White.
    28.2% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
    9.9% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.9% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cream' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3462

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cream' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1625

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cream' in Nouns Frequency: #1303

Anagrams for cream »

  1. crame

  2. crema

  3. macer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cream in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cream in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of cream in a Sentence

  1. Alex Beckett:

    Yili, Mengniu and Unilever are the top three players in the Chinese ice cream market. Yili is the market leader, albeit with just a 10% volume share of the market.

  2. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek:

    You have to think about it like dessert, it won't kill you, and you can have a nice relationship with strawberry ice cream, but you don't want to substitute it for dinner, or real interaction.

  3. John Maguire:

    Since its founding in 1935, Friendly’s has been known for value-priced fried seafood, ice cream, burgers and breakfast, their menu had expanded into too many areas without ever really doing testing. There are two big mistakes brands make. They add to the menu out of haste to drive sales, or they have a me-too strategy where they copy other brands. But many of those things just don’t fit.

  4. Matthew Fonte:

    We included new toys, toothbrushes and hoola hoops, one day, they asked for an ice cream machine.

  5. Jesse Jackson:

    She had money and could not buy ice cream, had a car and could not stop to buy gasoline, aretha came out of the bowels of our struggle.

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