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ice cream

a frozen food containing cream or milk and butterfat, sugar, flavoring, and sometimes eggs.
Origin of ice cream
Can be confused
ice cream, sherbet, sorbet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for ice-cream
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  • There will be fried chicken for dinner and ice-cream—mixed, maybe, chocolate and vanella, and p'raps a streak of strawb'ry.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Why should one live on rye-bread when one can have cake and ice-cream?

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • Boys from other ranches helped serve and carried coffee, cake, and ice-cream.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • Some of 'em have never had but two or three dishes of ice-cream in all their lives.

    The Lilac Lady Ruth Alberta Brown
  • He has a dollar; will he go to the theater or buy ten dishes of ice-cream?

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
British Dictionary definitions for ice-cream

ice cream

a kind of sweetened frozen liquid, properly made from cream and egg yolks but often made from milk or a custard base, flavoured in various ways
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ice-cream

ice cream


1744, earlier iced cream (1680s), from ice (n.) + cream (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ice-cream

ice cream

noun phrase

The crystalline form of a narcotic: the ice cream eaters, who chewed the crystal (1910+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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