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crème de la crème

[krem duh lah krem; French krem duh la krem]
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  1. the very best; choicest parts or members.
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Origin of crème de la crème

First recorded in 1840–50; literally, cream of the cream
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British Dictionary definitions for creme de la creme

crème de la crème

  1. the very best
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Word Origin

literally: cream of the cream
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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.)).

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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.”

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