or creme

[krem, kreem; French krem]
noun, plural crèmes [kremz, kreemz; French krem] /krɛmz, krimz; French krɛm/.
  1. cream.
  2. one of a class of liqueurs of a rather thick consistency.

Origin of crème

From French, dating back to 1815–25; see origin at cream Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for creme

Contemporary Examples of creme

Historical Examples of creme

  • The creme marquise is a whiter, harder preparation than any of the others.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans

  • It was the fashion among the creme de la creme to keep aloof from him.


    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)

  • The creme marquise is especially difficult for the woman who tumbles things together in a haphazard fashion.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans

British Dictionary definitions for creme


  1. cream
  2. any of various sweet liqueurscrème de moka
  1. (of a liqueur) rich and sweet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for creme

1845, from French crème (see cream (n.)). For crème brûlée, see brulee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper