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crème de la crème

[krem duh lah krem; French krem duh la krem] /ˈkrɛm də lɑ ˈkrɛm; French krɛm də la ˈkrɛm/
noun
1.
the very best; choicest parts or members.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; literally, cream of the cream
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British Dictionary definitions for crème de la crème

crème de la crème

/krɛm də la krɛm/
noun
1.
the very best
Word Origin
literally: cream of the cream
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Word Origin and History for crème de la crème

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.)).

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crème de la crème in Culture
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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