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



    BrE BrE//mɪlk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪlk//
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  1. 1   the white liquid produced by cows, goats and some other animals as food for their young and used as a drink by humans a pint/litre of milk a bottle/carton of milk fresh/dried/powdered milk Do you take milk in your tea? milk products (= butter, cheese, etc.) see also buttermilk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, malted milk, skimmed milk
  2. 2  the white liquid that is produced by women and female mammals for feeding their babies breast milk
  3. 3the white juice of some plants and trees, especially the coconut see also soya milk
  4. Word OriginOld English milc, milcian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch melk and German Milch, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mulgere and Greek amelgein ‘to milk’.Extra examples Don’t drink the milk—it’s off. Dried milk keeps better than fluid milk. She expressed some milk so her husband could do the night feeding. The milk has gone off/​turned sour. They’ve stopped delivering milk in our area. a calcium-fortified milk which provides more calcium than regular milk a can of condensed milkIdioms
    cry over spilt milk (British English) (US English cry over spilled milk)
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    to waste time worrying about something that has happened that you cannot do anything about As the saying goes—it's no use crying over spilt milk.
    the land of milk and honey
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    a place where life is pleasant and easy and people are very happy He dreamed of emigrating to Canada—the land of milk and honey.
    the milk of human kindness
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    (literary) kind behaviour, considered to be natural to humans See related entries: Kind
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