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crème de la crème

[krem duh lah krem; French krem duh la krem] /ˈkrɛm də lɑ ˈkrɛm; French krɛm də la ˈkrɛm/
the very best; choicest parts or members.
Origin of crème de la crème
First recorded in 1840-50; literally, cream of the cream Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for creme de la creme
Historical Examples
  • It was the fashion among the creme de la creme to keep aloof from him.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • There was present the creme de la creme of the city's society.

  • This was the top of the madmen's organization; these three were the creme de la creme of the Normal human's real enemies.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for creme de la creme

crème de la crème

/krɛm də la krɛm/
the very best
Word Origin
literally: cream of the cream
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for creme de la creme

"elite, finest flower of society," 1848, from French crème de la crème, literally "the cream of the cream" (see cream (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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creme de la creme in Culture
crème de la crème [(krem duh luh krem)]

The best of the best: “Our school's marching band is acknowledged as the crème de la crème.” From French, meaning “cream of the cream.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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