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crème brûlée

[krem broo-ley, kreem; French krem bry-ley] /ˌkrɛm bruˈleɪ, ˌkrim; French krɛm brüˈleɪ/
noun, plural crèmes brûlées
[krem broo-leyz, kreem; French krem bry-ley] /ˌkrɛm bruˈleɪz, ˌkrim; French krɛm brüˈleɪ/ (Show IPA).
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for creme brulee
  • Menu highlights include crab cakes, risotto, stuffed pork loin and creme brulee.
  • The dessert menu offers tiramisu and creme brulee and berries.
  • Sweet potato pecan pie and creme brulee are some of the dishes on the decadent dessert menu.
  • Top the meal off with chocolate brioche bread pudding with streusel crumbs and maple creme brulee over ice cream.
  • The dessert options include lemon tart, caramelized apple cheesecake, pistachio parfait and creme brulee.
  • Desserts include creme brulee and chocolate lava cake, served with vanilla ice cream and chopped pistachios.
  • The sweets menu includes items such as creme brulee and cheesecake lollipops.
  • Desserts include a creme brulee, fruit parfait, and a frozen white chocolate mousse.
  • Shareable desserts include creme brulee and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
  • Choose from desserts such as creme brulee, chocolate mousse and fruit salad.
British Dictionary definitions for creme brulee

crème brûlée

/krɛm bryle/
a cream or custard dessert covered with caramelized sugar
Word Origin
literally, burnt cream
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Contemporary definitions for creme brulee

a chilled custard topped with a crust of caramelized sugar

Word Origin

French 'burnt cream'

Usage Note

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