butterfly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"butterfly" in British English

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butterflynoun [C]

uk   /ˈbʌt.ə.flaɪ/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ-/

butterfly noun [C] (INSECT)

B1 a ​type of ​insect with ​large, often ​brightlycolouredwings
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butterfly noun [C] (PERSON)

disapproving a ​person who is not ​responsible or ​serious, and who is ​likely to ​changeactivitieseasily or only be ​interested in ​pleasure: She's such a social butterfly.

butterfly noun [C] (JEWELLERY)

the ​smallmetalpart put on the back of a stud (= ​piece of ​jewelleryworn in the ​ear) that ​keeps it in ​place

butterfly noun [C] (SWIMMING)

[S or U] (also the butterfly, butterfly stroke) a way of ​swimming on ​yourfront by ​kicking with ​yourlegs while ​raisingyourarms together out of the ​water and then ​bringing them down in ​front of you
(Definition of butterfly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"butterfly" in American English

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butterflynoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌt̬·ərˌflɑɪ/
a ​type of ​flyinginsect with four ​large, often ​brightlycoloredwings
(Definition of butterfly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “butterfly”
in Korean 나비…
in Arabic فَراشة…
in Malaysian rama-rama…
in French papillon…
in Russian бабочка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昆蟲, 蝴蝶…
in Italian farfalla…
in Turkish kelebek…
in Polish motyl…
in Spanish mariposa…
in Vietnamese con bướm…
in Portuguese borboleta…
in Thai ผีเสื้อ…
in German der Schmetterling…
in Catalan papallona…
in Japanese (昆虫)チョウ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 昆虫, 蝴蝶…
in Indonesian kupu-kupu…
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