Idioms

    cream of the crop, the best or choicest: a college that accepts only students who are the cream of the crop.

Origin of cream

1300–50; Middle English creme < Anglo-French, Old French cresme < Late Latin chrīsma chrism
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British Dictionary definitions for cream

cream

/ (kriːm) /

noun

verb

Derived Formscreamlike, adjective

Word Origin for cream

C14: from Old French cresme, from Late Latin crāmum cream, of Celtic origin; influenced by Church Latin chrisma unction, chrism
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Medicine definitions for cream

cream

[ krēm ]

n.

The yellowish fatty component of unhomogenized milk that tends to accumulate at the surface.
A pharmaceutical preparation consisting of a semisolid emulsion of either the oil-in-water or the water-in-oil type, ordinarily intended for topical use.
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