Definition of cream noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kriːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kriːm//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] the thick pale yellowish-white fatty liquid that rises to the top of milk, used in cooking or as a type of sauce to put on fruit, etc. strawberries and cream Would you like milk or cream in your coffee? fresh/whipped cream (British English) cream cakes (= containing cream) (British English) double/single cream (= thick/thin cream) see also clotted cream, ice cream, salad cream, sour cream, whipping cream
  2. 2 [countable] (in compounds) a sweet/candy that has a soft substance like cream inside a chocolate/peppermint cream
  3. 3  [uncountable, countable] a soft substance or thick liquid used on your skin to protect it or make it feel soft; a similar substance used for cleaning things hand/moisturizing cream antiseptic cream a cream cleaner see also cold cream, face cream
  4. 4   [uncountable] a pale yellowish-white colour Do you have this blouse in cream?
  5. 5the cream of something the best people or things in a particular group the cream of New York society the cream of the crop of this season’s movies
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French cresme, from a blend of late Latin cramum (probably of Gaulish origin) and ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Greek khrisma ‘anointing’, from khriein ‘anoint’.Extra examples Put a little antiseptic cream on the grazed skin. She piled great dollops of cream onto her apple pie. She was massaging night cream into her face and neck. This cream’s gone off! We had strawberries and cream for dessert. Whisk the cream and icing sugar together. a topical antibiotic creamIdioms
    like a cat that’s got the cream (British English) (US English like the cat that got/ate/swallowed the canary)
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    very pleased with yourself synonym smug She looked like a cat that’s got the cream. She was almost purring with pleasure.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cream