[ kreem ]
/ krim /
the fatty part of milk, which rises to the surface when the liquid is allowed to stand unless homogenized.
a soft solid or thick liquid containing medicaments or other specific ingredients, applied externally for a prophylactic, therapeutic, or cosmetic purpose.
Usually creams. a soft-centered confection of fondant or fudge coated with chocolate.
a purée or soup containing cream or milk: cream of tomato soup.
the best part of anything: the cream of society.
a yellowish white; light tint of yellow or buff.
verb (used without object)
to form cream.
to froth; foam.
Informal. to advance or favor only the wealthiest, most skilled or talented, etc., especially so as to reap the benefits oneself: Management is creaming by advancing only the most productive workers.
Also cream one's jeans. Slang: Vulgar.
- to have an orgasm, especially to ejaculate or experience glandular lubrication of the vagina.
- to be overcome, as in rapturous admiration or delight.
verb (used with object)
to work (butter and sugar, or the like) to a smooth, creamy mass.
to prepare (chicken, oysters, vegetables, etc.) with cream, milk, or a cream sauce.
to allow (milk) to form cream.
to skim (milk).
to separate as cream.
to take the cream or best part of.
to use a cosmetic cream on.
to add cream to (tea, coffee, etc.).
- to beat or damage severely; lambaste.
- to defeat decisively.
- to accomplish, especially to pass (a test or course), with great ease and success: She creamed the math test, getting the highest grade in the class.
of the color cream; cream-colored.
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Idioms for cream
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
Words nearby cream
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British Dictionary definitions for cream of the crop
/ (kriːm) /
- the fatty part of milk, which rises to the top if the milk is allowed to stand
- (as modifier)cream buns
anything resembling cream in consistencyshoe cream; beauty cream
the best one or most essential part of something; pickthe cream of the bunch; the cream of the joke
a soup containing cream or milkcream of chicken soup
any of various dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc, resembling or containing cream
a confection made of fondant or soft fudge, often covered in chocolate
cream sherry a full-bodied sweet sherry
- a yellowish-white colour
- (as adjective)cream wallpaper
(tr) to skim or otherwise separate the cream from (milk)
(tr) to beat (foodstuffs, esp butter and sugar) to a light creamy consistency
(intr) to form cream
(tr) to add or apply cream or any creamlike substance toto cream one's face; to cream coffee
(tr sometimes foll by off) to take away the best part of
(tr) to prepare or cook (vegetables, chicken, etc) with cream or milk
to allow (milk) to form a layer of cream on its surface or (of milk) to form such a layer
(tr) slang, mainly US, Canadian and Australian to beat thoroughly
(intr) slang (of a man) to ejaculate during orgasm
Derived forms of creamcreamlike, 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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Medical definitions for cream of the crop
[ krēm ]
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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