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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English buttry, equivalent to butter +‎ -y. Piecewise doublet of butyric, butter ultimately being from Latin būtȳrum and -y being a doublet of -ic.


buttery (comparative butterier, superlative butteriest)

  1. Made with or tasting of butter.
    The buttery-tasting cookie was actually made with margarine, but you couldn't tell by tasting it.
  2. Resembling butter in some way, such as color or texture.
    The old paper was a buttery color you no longer get.
    • 2015 September 5, Mark Diacono, “In praise of the Asian pear”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening)[1], archived from the original on 12 September 2015, pages 1–2:
      While the European pear is, at its finest, buttery and surrenders to the slightest pressure, Asian pears are firm, very crisp, hugely juicy and sweet and, in some cases, highly aromatic – spicy almost.
  3. (informal) Marked by insincere flattery; obsequious.
  4. (computing, video games) Short for buttery smooth.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English boterie, from Old French boterie and Medieval Latin buteria, from Late Latin botāria, from a variant form of butta (cask, bottle). The form was probably influenced by butter.


buttery (plural butteries)

  1. A room for keeping food or beverages; a storeroom.
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 458:
      Pretty Pia from the buttery was a slut who was working her way through every knight in the castle.
  2. (Britain) A room in a university where snacks are sold.