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crème brûlée Syllabification: crème brû·lée
Pronunciation: /ˌkrem bro͞oˈlā/

Definition of crème brûlée in English:

noun (plural crèmes brûlées pronounced same, or crème brûléesbro͞oˈlāz)

A dessert of custard topped with caramelized sugar.
Example sentences
  • The caramel topping in desserts such as crème brûlée is made by exposing a layer of sugar on the surface to direct heat, e.g. under a grill.
  • The dessert menu, meanwhile, goes straight for the sugar rush with creations such as toffee-crisp crème brûlée and strawberry banoffee pie.
  • To cap off the meal, try the resto's crème brûlée for dessert, a crispy caramelized crust that yields a fluffy, delicious filling when shattered.


Late 19th century: French, literally 'burned cream'.

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