Definition of crème de la crème in US English:

crème de la crème

noun

  • The best person or thing of a particular kind.

    ‘the crème de la crème of the dancers have left the country’
    • ‘Company officials point out that these women interact with the crème de la crème of society and the corporate world in page three parties.’
    • ‘The crème de la crème of Irish bachelors taking part in the competition also includes an internal auditor, a personal trainer, an IT expert and a number of sales executives.’
    • ‘The league by all accounts is what all the rest aspire to be, the crème de la crème of pro sports.’
    • ‘However, the crème de la crème of the collection had to be his sweeping brocade print ball gowns in crimson red and dusty rose.’
    • ‘This year's line up - 37 acts in all - is a collection of the crème de la crème of the street genre.’
    • ‘And they are the crème de la crème of stock-pickers - sought after not only by the well-heeled but increasingly by big-time institutional clients.’
    • ‘As a result, his art is the crème de la crème of Art Deco.’
    • ‘Its name is synonymous with the crème de la crème of Cuban music.’
    • ‘The legendary sports-entertainment show returns with new presenters, a sizzling location and the crème de la crème of sporting talent.’
    • ‘The gang are major league players, the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘Intellectually, we here at Oxford are supposed to be the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘We were looking at the cream of the crop and whittled them down to three who were the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘These students form the crème de la crème of the diploma's cohort, so competition is going to be very keen!’
    • ‘She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘The awards recognise the crème de la crème across the country while the book serves as an indispensable companion for discerning travellers and diners.’
    • ‘Be sure to check out Café Paris, the crème de la crème and a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike.’
    • ‘In its physical finery, its artsy flair, and its filmic underbelly, Edinburgh is the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘This distinction was even more pronounced in the land of the free, where engineers traditionally were the crème de la crème of the US army.’
    • ‘Yes, yes, my family is part of the elite society, the crème de la crème of New England, the small group of people who are just a few leagues above mere mortals.’
    • ‘‘They take the crème de la crème and hold them,’ she said.’
    utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremity
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Origin

French, literally ‘cream of the cream’.

Pronunciation

crème de la crème

/ˌkrɛm də lə ˈkrɛm//ˌkrem də lə ˈkrem/