- 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 [countable] (in compounds) a sweet/candy that has a soft substance like cream inside a chocolate/peppermint cream
- 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 [uncountable] a pale yellowish-white colour Do you have this blouse in cream?
- 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 Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cresme, from a blend of late Latin cramum (probably of Gaulish origin) and ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Greek khrisma
very pleased with yourself synonym smug She looked like a cat that’s got the cream. She was almost purring with pleasure.