ˈkrem How to pronounce crème (audio)
 also  ˈkrēm,
ˈkrām How to pronounce crème (audio)
variants or creme
plural crèmes or cremes ˈkrem(z) How to pronounce crème (audio)
: a sweet liqueur
: cream or a preparation made with or resembling cream used in cooking

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Demipermanent hair color comes in a creme or a liquid — and it can be customized to your color needs. Myranda Mondry, Allure, 11 Mar. 2023 My best catch was a half-box of Little Debbie oatmeal creme pies. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 Pear Nova recently introduced this sky blue creme color. Julie Loffredi, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Our choice today is an old standby, hazelnut creme. Ed Silverman, STAT, 21 Feb. 2023 In 2019, the company released a similar product, but with a chocolate covering and filled with cookies and creme. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2021 End with dark chocolate bread pudding or caramelized fig and Madagascar vanilla creme brûlée. Georgann Yara, azcentral, 15 June 2020 Chocolate mousse, or strawberry fruit tart with vanilla pastry creme. Lauren Daley,, 9 Feb. 2023 Satisfy your sweet tooth with festive St. Patrick's Day desserts, including cute shamrock cookies, Irish creme cheesecake, and colorful rainbow cupcakes. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, from Old French cresme — more at cream

First Known Use

circa 1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crème was circa 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Crème.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ˈkrem, ˈkrēm
plural crèmes
ˈkrem(z), ˈkrēmz
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