- 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. 4) the very best of a group: the cream of American society. 5) a very pale yellow or off-white colour.► VERB 1) work (butter) to form a smooth soft paste. 2) mash (a cooked vegetable) and mix with milk or cream. 3) (cream off) take away (the best part of a group).ORIGIN Old French cresme, from Latin chrisma 'oil for anointing' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.