crème brûlée

[krem broo-ley, kreem; French krem bry-ley]

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.

Origin of crème brûlée

1885–90; < French: literally, burnt cream
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British Dictionary definitions for creme brulee

crème brûlée

noun

a cream or custard dessert covered with caramelized sugar

Word Origin for crème brûlée

literally, burnt cream
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