from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small plate or dish, often with a cover and strainer, for holding and serving butter; also an individual plate for butter.
  • n. In dairying, a thin wooden dish or platter for packing or delivering tub- or print-butter.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The Staffordshire-ware butter-dish with the cover on, got upon a little round occasional table in a window, with a worked top, and announced itself to the two chairs accidentally placed there, as an aid to polite conversation, a graceful trifle in china to be chatted over by callers, as they airily trifled away the visiting moments of a butterfly existence, in that rugged old village on the Cumberland

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • There was a butter-dish on the kitchen counter, and although the butter had been covered it had been out long enough to be growing a good crop of mould.

    The Drawing of the Three

  • Our chambers are always full of chemicals and of relics which had a way of wandering into unlikely positions, and of turning up in the butter-dish or even in less desirable places.

    An East Wind Coming

  • If the tourist were a Frenchman, the neat glass butter-dish was turned into a visiting-card -- a letter of introduction, a pontoon-bridge, in a word, hastily improvised to throw across the stream of conversation.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns

  • Who does not dread the sight of the liquid or greasy fat usually seen in the butter-dish, and what a remote chance there is of enjoying a slice of bread and butter with bread as hard and dry as a brickbat, and butter running to oil?

    The Art of Living in Australia ; together with three hundred Australian cookery recipes and accessory kitchen information by Mrs. H. Wicken

  • I bought a butter-knife to match a solid silver butter-dish, and a set of individual salt-spoons to match salt-cellars, and nut-picks and crackers to match something else.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 26, September, 1880

  • There was another more embarrassing table; it had a coarse cloth and was garnished with a loaf and butter-dish, a plate of plantains and a tin of marmalade, knives and teacups for a meal evidently impending.

    Hilda A Story of Calcutta

  • She had her choice betwixt a butter-dish and a cup, and she took the cup.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

  • All the morning in another quarter men were trying on old hats and overcoats, and having the most amazing haggling over articles which are sold in London streets for a pot of ferns or a china butter-dish.

    A Tramp's Sketches

  • They revel in your butter-dish and riot on your ham,

    The Red Horizon


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.