crème de la crème

crème de la crème

[krem duh lah krem; French krem duh la krem]
the very best; choicest parts or members.

1840–50; literally, cream of the cream Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
crème de la crème (krɛm də la krɛm)
the very best
[literally: cream of the cream]

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Word Origin & History

creme de la creme
"elite, finest flower of society," 1848, from Fr. crème de la crème, lit. "the cream of the cream" (see cream).
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Cultural Dictionary
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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