Cream of the Crop

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression Cream of the Crop.

What does “cream of the crop” mean?
  • the best of a group of similar things or people.
  • highest value or quality of a person or object.
What’s the origin of “cream of the crop”?
  • The noun cream has been used to mean “the best” since the 16th century.
  • These three students are the cream of the crop in their class. I have no doubt they can get jobs wherever they want to after graduation.

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