Meaning of “buttermilk” in the English Dictionary


"buttermilk" in English

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buttermilknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbʌt.ə.mɪlk/ us /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ.mɪlk/

Examples from literature

  • And when the butter is all taken out in a lump, some sour milk is left, and they call that buttermilk. 
  • In recipes in which milk is used as one ingredient, either sweet or buttermilk may be used but not a mixture of both. 
  • Skim-milk and buttermilk, when the butter is made from sweet cream and taken fresh, are both excellent foods, although lacking the fat of new milk. 
  • Sour milk and buttermilk are quite as good as cream of tartar, because the lactic acid which they contain combines with the soda and liberates carbon dioxide, and forms a harmless residue in the dough. 
  • Then, right in the park itself, were little booths where one could buy glorious, ice-cold, sterilized milk and buttermilk at a penny a glass. 

(Definition of “buttermilk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buttermilk" in American English

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buttermilknoun [ U ]

us /ˈbʌt̬·ərˌmɪlk/

the liquid that is left after taking the fat from milk or cream to make butter

(Definition of “buttermilk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)