butter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “butter” in the English Dictionary

"butter" in British English

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butternoun [U]

uk   /ˈbʌt.ər/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ/
A1 a ​paleyellowsolidfoodcontaining a lot of ​fat that is made from ​cream and is ​spread on ​bread or used in ​cooking: We were ​servedscones with butter and ​jam. Have some bread and butter (= ​breadspread with butter). a butter dish
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butterverb [T]

uk   /ˈbʌt.ər/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ/
to ​spread butter on something
adjective uk   /ˈbʌt.əd/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚd/
buttered toast
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(Definition of butter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"butter" in American English

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butternoun [U]

 us   /ˈbʌt̬·ər/
a ​paleyellow, ​fattysolid made from ​cream that is ​spread on ​bread or used in ​cooking
(Definition of butter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “butter”
in Korean 버터…
in Arabic زُبْدة…
in Malaysian mentega…
in French beurre…
in Russian масло…
in Chinese (Traditional) 奶油,牛油…
in Italian burro…
in Turkish tereyağ…
in Polish masło…
in Spanish mantequilla…
in Vietnamese bơ…
in Portuguese manteiga…
in Thai เนย…
in German die Butter…
in Catalan mantega…
in Japanese バター…
in Chinese (Simplified) 黄油…
in Indonesian mentega susu…
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