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crème brûlée

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

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

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Origin of crème brûlée

1885–90; <French: literally, burnt cream
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British Dictionary definitions for crème brûlée

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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