crème brûlée

[ krem broo-ley, kreem; French krem bry-ley ]
/ ˌkrɛm bruˈleɪ, ˌkrim; French krɛm brüˈleɪ /

noun, plural crèmes brû·lées [krem broo-leyz, kreem; French krem bry-ley] /ˌkrɛm bruˈleɪz, ˌkrim; French krɛm brüˈleɪ/. French Cookery.

a custard that has been sprinkled with sugar and placed under a broiler until a brown crust forms on top.

Nearby words

  1. crystallose,
  2. crystalluria,
  3. crèche,
  4. crème,
  5. crème anglaise,
  6. crème caramel,
  7. crème d'ananas,
  8. crème de bananes,
  9. crème de cacao,
  10. crème de cassis

Origin of crème brûlée

1885–90; < French: literally, burnt cream

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British Dictionary definitions for creme brulee

crème brûlée

/ French (krɛm bryle) /

noun

a cream or custard dessert covered with caramelized sugar

Word Origin for crème brûlée

literally, burnt cream

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