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[krem, kreem; French krem] /krɛm, krim; French krɛm/
noun, plural crèmes
[kremz, kreemz; French krem] /krɛmz, krimz; French krɛm/ (Show IPA)
one of a class of liqueurs of a rather thick consistency.
Origin of crème
1815-25; < French; see cream Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The creme marquise is especially difficult for the woman who tumbles things together in a haphazard fashion.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • This was the top of the madmen's organization; these three were the creme de la creme of the Normal human's real enemies.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • The Colonel still sat in his chair, nursing his last drop of creme de menthe resentfully.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • creme Franaise au Rhum is made the same as the foregoing, substituting rum for maraschino.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • Marie's creme proved a great success, and the others congratulated her on it so fulsomely that they made her blush.

  • I gave the woman a dose of creme of tarter and flour of Sulphur, and the man Some eye water.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • The creme marquise is a whiter, harder preparation than any of the others.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • It was the fashion among the creme de la creme to keep aloof from him.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for creme


/krɛm; kriːm; kreɪm/
any of various sweet liqueurs: crème de moka
(of a liqueur) rich and sweet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for creme

1845, from French crème (see cream (n.)). For crème brûlée, see brulee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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