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Syllabification: mar·ga·rine
Pronunciation: /ˈmärj(ə)rən

Definition of margarine in English:


A butter substitute made from vegetable oils or animal fats.
Example sentences
  • Do not add butter, margarine or vegetable oils to baby foods or soft table foods.
  • Shea butter in refined form has been used for margarine and as a substitute for cocoa butter.
  • This is why it is added to foods such as bacon, smoked fish, canned vegetables, margarine, bread and savoury snacks.


late 19th century: from French, from Greek margaron 'pearl' (because of the luster of the crystals of margaric acid) + -ine4.

  • This comes from French, based on Greek margaron ‘pearl’, by association with the pearly appearance of its early ingredients. The abbreviation marge has been in use since the 1920s. See pearl

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