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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: craime, cresme, from Latin cramum

cream

1 noun
     
Related topics: Hair and Beauty, Food
cream1
1DF [uncountable] a thick yellow-white liquid that rises to the top of milk:
fresh cream
strawberries and cream
2 [uncountable] a pale yellow-white colour
3 [uncountable and countable]DF used in the names of foods containing cream or something similar to it:
cream of chicken soup
4 [uncountable and countable]DCBMH a thick smooth substance that you put on your skin to make it feel soft, treat a medical condition etc [↪ lotion]:
sun cream
face cream
5

the cream of something

the best people or things from a group:
the cream of Europe's athletes
The students at this college are the cream of the crop (=the best of all).

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