1. A smooth, sweet, cold food prepared from a frozen mixture of milk products, containing a minimum of 10 percent milk fat and flavorings and eaten as a snack or dessert.
2. Since Americans eat about 15 quarts of ice cream per capita each year, it is appropriate that the first recorded instance of the word (1744) occurs in the writings of an American, who mentions “fine ice cream . . . with . . . strawberries and milk.” The history of ice cream itself can be traced much further back, to the Roman Empire, China, and India. Ice cream was introduced to England in the 17th century and to America in the 18th. It seems to have been called iced cream at first (1673), in line with such expressions as iced tea and iced coffee, which we still use, but the form ice cream has taken over.
既然美国每年每人吃大约十五夸脱的冰淇淋，说明这个词1744年首次在一个美国人作品中被写下的是正确的。这个美国人写道“美味冰淇淋…有…草莓和牛奶”。冰淇淋本身的历史也追溯到更久以前，到罗马帝国、中国和印度。在17世纪冰淇淋被传入英国，18世纪到美国。开始（在一六七三年）它似乎被称为iced cream ， 同诸如iced tea 和 iced coffee 一样， 后两种用法我们沿袭下来了，但是ice cream 却被采用了