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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French boterie, 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.

Etymology 2[edit]

From butter +‎ -y.


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.
    The old paper was a buttery color you no longer get.
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