|1.||a. the fatty part of milk, which rises to the top if the milk is allowed to stand|
|b. (as modifier): cream buns|
|2.||anything resembling cream in consistency: shoe cream; beauty cream|
|3.||the best one or most essential part of something; pick: the cream of the bunch; the cream of the joke|
|4.||a soup containing cream or milk: cream of chicken soup|
|5.||any of various dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc, resembling or containing cream|
|6.||a confection made of fondant or soft fudge, often covered in chocolate|
|7.||cream sherry a full-bodied sweet sherry|
|8.||a. a yellowish-white colour|
|b. (as adjective): cream wallpaper|
|—vb (sometimes foll by off)|
|9.||(tr) to skim or otherwise separate the cream from (milk)|
|10.||(tr) to beat (foodstuffs, esp butter and sugar) to a light creamy consistency|
|11.||(intr) to form cream|
|12.||(tr) to add or apply cream or any creamlike substance to: to cream one's face; to cream coffee|
|13.||to take away the best part of|
|14.||(tr) to prepare or cook (vegetables, chicken, etc) with cream or milk|
|15.||to allow (milk) to form a layer of cream on its surface or (of milk) to form such a layer|
|16.||slang chiefly (US), (Canadian), (Austral) (tr) to beat thoroughly|
|17.||slang (intr) (of a man) to ejaculate during orgasm|
|[C14: from Old French cresme, from Late Latin crāmum cream, of Celtic origin; influenced by Church Latin chrisma unction, |
"I remember my first campaign. My opponent called me a cream puff. That's what he said. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me." [Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., 1987]As a salesman's word, "something that is a tremendous bargain," it is from 1940s.
The yellowish fatty component of unhomogenized milk that tends to accumulate at the surface.
A pharmaceutical preparation consisting of a semisolid emulsion of either the oil-in-water or the water-in-oil type, ordinarily intended for topical use.