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Definition of cream noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the thick, pale yellow-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 see also ice cream, sour cream, whipping cream
  2. 2[countable] (in compounds) a candy that has a soft substance like cream inside chocolate lemon cream candies
  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, shaving cream
  4. 4[uncountable] a pale yellow-white color 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. Idioms
      peaches and cream
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    1. 1(of a person's face) having smooth, pale skin with pink cheeks a peaches and cream complexion
    2. 2(of a situation) progressing well, with few problems In spite of outward appearances, all was not peaches and cream in their relationship.
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