Meaning of “cream” in the English Dictionary

"cream" in British English

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uk /kriːm/ us /kriːm/

A2 [ U ] the thick, yellowish-white liquid that forms on the top of milk:

strawberries and cream
Do you like cream in your coffee?
UK a cream cake (= cake with cream in it)

A2 [ U ] the colour of cream

B1 [ C or U ] a soft substance that you rub into your skin:

face/hand cream
moisturizing cream
Put some sun cream on to protect your face.

[ C ] a type of sweet that is soft inside:

[ U ] a thick liquid used for cleaning things:

cream cleaner
cream of mushroom, tomato, etc. soup

soup that has been made into a smooth thick liquid and usually has cream in it

More examples

  • I had this fabulous dessert with alternate layers of chocolate and cream.
  • These cakes are filled with fresh cream.
  • Serve the tarts hot with custard or whipped cream.
  • Would you like peaches and cream for dessert?
  • The pasta was served in a cream sauce spiked with black pepper.


uk /kriːm/ us /kriːm/

A2 having a yellowish-white colour:

a cream shirt

More examples

  • Do you think the cream dress and the blue jacket go together?
  • Huw wants dark red walls, but I'd rather a more neutral colour like cream.
  • She looked beautiful in a cream satin dress.
  • The woodwork has all been painted a sort of off-white or cream colour.
  • I'd just choose a cream bedcover which would bring out the colour of the cushions and curtains.

creamverb [ T ]

uk /kriːm/ us /kriːm/

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

"cream" in American English

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creamnoun [ U ]

us /krim/

cream noun [ U ] (LIQUID)

the thick, yellow-white liquid that forms on the top of milk:

Do you take cream in your coffee?

Cream is also a pale yellow-white color.

Cream also refers to any of various foods that contain cream or that are smooth like cream:

cream of chicken soup
chocolate cream pie

cream noun [ U ] (THICK SUBSTANCE)

a thick, smooth substance that you put on your skin to keep it soft or to treat it medically:

a facial cream

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