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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: 'cream of the cream'

crème de la crème

noun
     
crème de la crème , creme de la creme [singular]
the very best of a kind of thing or group of people:
Oxford and Cambridge are often seen as the crème de la crème of British universities.

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