crème de la crème

[ krem duh lah -krem; French krem duh la -krem ]
/ ˈkrɛm də lɑ ˈkrɛm; French krɛm də la ˈkrɛm /

noun

the very best; choicest parts or members.

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Origin of crème de la crème

First recorded in 1840–50; literally, cream of the cream
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British Dictionary definitions for crème de la crème

crème de la crème
/ French (krɛm də la krɛm) /

noun

the very best

Word Origin for crème de la crème

literally: cream of the cream
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Cultural definitions for crème de la crème

crème de la crème
[ (krem duh luh krem) ]

The best of the best: “Our school's marching band is acknowledged as the crème de la crème.” From French, meaning “cream of the cream.”

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