crème brûlée[krem′bro̵̅o̅ lā′; Fr krem brü lā′]
a rich custard covered with a crust formed of caramelized sugar
(plural crème brûlées or crèmes brûlées or crèmes brûlée)
Usage notescreme brulee
- Concerning plural forms: crèmes brûlées follows the French plural, which requires that the adjective (brûlée(s) (“burnt”)) agree in number with the noun it modifies (crème(s) (“cream(s)”)); crème brûlées treats the phrase as a headless English noun, regularly suffixing -s to form its plural; whereas crèmes brûlée retains the nominal head, forming a plural by suffixation of the noun, per English grammar.