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The French expression "La crème de la crème" revealed

Are you ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the basic expression "La crème de la crème"? More precisely, it includes a detailed definition of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example.Additionally, we also added super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, synonyms, dialogue example and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : The best of the best

  • Literal meaning : The cream of the cream

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / la kʁɛm də la kʁɛm /

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What does it mean?


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"

How to use

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.

Fun stuff

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"

Synonyms / Related

Example in a dialogue with audio


Toi aussi tu as un prix Nobel ?

You won a Nobel prize too?



Nous sommes la crème de la crème !

We are the cream of the cream!*

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