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.

Nearby words

  1. crème de bananes,
  2. crème de cacao,
  3. crème de cassis,
  4. crème de fraise,
  5. crème de framboise,
  6. crème de menthe,
  7. crème de violette,
  8. crème fraîche,
  9. crèmes,
  10. crèvecoeur

Origin of crème de la crème

First recorded in 1840–50; literally, cream of the cream

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British Dictionary definitions for creme de la creme

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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Word Origin and History for creme de la creme

creme de la creme

n.

"elite, finest flower of society," 1848, from French crème de la crème, literally "the cream of the cream" (see cream (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for creme de la creme

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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