I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust Date: 14th century 1. the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat 2. a. a food prepared with cream b. something having the consistency of cream; especially a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation 3. the choicest part ; best <
the cream of the crop
4. creamer 1 5. a. a pale yellow b. a cream-colored animal II. verb Date: 1596 intransitive verb 1. to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk 2. to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth; also to move like froth transitive verb 1. a. skim 1c b. to remove (something choice) from an aggregate <
she has creamed off her favorite stories from her earlier books — Times Literary Supplement
2. to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream; also to dress with a cream sauce 3. a. to beat into a creamy froth b. to work or blend to the consistency of cream <
cream butter and sugar together
c. to cause to form a surface layer of or like cream 4. a. to defeat decisively <
was creamed in the first round
b. wreck <
creamed the car on the turnpike
c. to hit with force ; smash <
the quarterback got creamed by the pass rush

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • cream — [krēm] n. [ME creme < OFr craime, cresme, prob. a blend of LL(Ec) chrisma (see CHRISM) & VL crama < Celt base (as in Bret crammen, skin, surface), ult. < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > L corium, hide] 1. the oily, yellowish part of milk …   English World dictionary

  • Cream — (kr[=e]m), n. [F. cr[^e]me, perh. fr. LL. crema cream of milk; cf. L. cremor thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare to burn.] 1. The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cream — 〈[ kri:m] f.; ; unz.〉 Creme, Sahne, Rahm [engl.] * * * Cream [kri:m ], die; , s [engl. cream < afrz. cresme, ↑ Creme]: engl. Bez. für: Creme. * * * Cream   [krɪːm, englisch], britisches Rocktrio, gegründet 1966 von dem Gitarristen E. Clapton,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cream — cream·able; cream; cream·ery; cream·i·ly; cream·i·ness; cream·less; cream·er; …   English syllables

  • Cream — Cream, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] There are a sort of men whose visages Do cream and mantle like a standing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cream — Cream, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creamed} (kr?md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creaming}.] 1. To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream. [1913 Webster] 2. To take off the best or choicest part of. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with, or as with, cream. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cream — ► NOUN 1) the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand. 2) a dessert or other food containing cream or having a creamy consistency. 3) a thick liquid or semi solid cosmetic or medical preparation.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cream — fue el primer supergrupo de los años 60. La reunión de Eric Clapton, guitarra, Jack Bruce, bajo, y Ginger Baker, batería, dio lugar a la más vital y efectista música entre 1966 y 1968, a la descarga de rock y blues más fuerte desde la aparición… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cream — [kri:m] die; , s <aus engl. cream, dies aus altfr. craime, cresme, vgl. ↑Creme> engl. Form von ↑Creme; vgl. ↑Coldcream …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • cream — [n1] lotion, oil cerate, chrism, cosmetic, demulcent, emulsion, essence, jelly, liniment, moisturizer, ointment, paste, salve, unction, unguent; concepts 466,467,468 cream [n2] the best choice, crème de la crème*, elite, fat, favorite, finest,… …   New thesaurus

  • Cream — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Rock, Blues, Psychedelic Gründung Juni 1966 Auflösung November 1968 Neugründung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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