On this page, we are going to show you everything you need to know about the basic expression “La crème de la crème”.
Including a full explanation of what it is and how to use it in everyday life with an audio example. And because we want you to learn efficiently, we also sprinkled useful informations like slow pronunciation audio, synonym, dialogue example and more!
Oh and if you want, you will also find more of these expressions guides on this page plus all our guides about French words on this page. Have fun!
It literally means:
The cream here refers to the fatter and best part of the milk that “floats” on the surface. And since the common belief is: “The higher, the better” the cream is a metaphor for “the best part“.
And if you process this cream again and keep only the creamiest part of it, you get “La crème de la crème” → “The best of the best / The elite“
Use this expression when you want to highlight how amazingly good something is, when it’s impossible to find anything better. This something can be a person, a group of people but also an object or even something immaterial like a brand for example.
One more *completely random example*…
You can even use: “Pour apprendre le Français, All About French c’est la crème de la crème” → “For learning French, All About French is the cream of the cream“