Definition of crust
1a : the hardened exterior or surface part of breadb : a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard
2a : the pastry shell of a pie : piecrustb : the bready layer that forms the foundation of a pizza
3 : a hard or brittle external coat or covering: such asa : a hard surface layer (as of soil or snow)b : the outer part of a planet, moon, or asteroid composed essentially of crystalline rocksc : a deposit built up on the interior surface of a wine bottle during long agingd : an encrusting deposit (as of the eye) of dried secretions or exudate; also : scab
crustalplay \ˈkrə-stəl\ adjective
crustlessplay \ˈkrəs(t)-ləs\ adjective
Examples of crust in a Sentence
Her children prefer to eat their sandwiches with the crust cut off.
a pie with flaky crust
He likes pizza with thin crust.
Recent Examples of crust from the Web
A third theory suggests the asteroids actually came from Mars itself, perhaps even from its below its crust, and were thrown out during a violent collision with another object.
Separated by the condiments, the mollusk looked not unlike a starfish, its crust smoky and ever-so-slightly crunchy, the fish itself chewy but not overly so.
Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and crust is crispy, about 10 minutes more.
Vital for those who take it, the subway is scorned by the upper crust that doesn’t need it.
Eats Beat columnist Bud Kennedy says the crust is lighter than at Gus’s — or at Babe’s.
The owner’s mastery of dough a given, the crust is beautifully charred in the oven.
Pizza Crisp up that pizza crust by placing it on the grill.
The mini coconut cream pie has an impressively flaky crust.
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Origin and Etymology of crust
Middle English, from Latin crusta; akin to Old English hrūse earth, Greek kryos icy cold, krystallos ice, crystal
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CRUST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crust for English Language Learners
: the hard outer surface of bread
: the outside part of a pie
: the bread that is used to make a pizza
CRUST Defined for Kids
Definition of crust for Students
1 : the hardened outside surface of bread
2 : a hard dry piece of bread
3 : the pastry cover of a pie
4 : a hard outer covering or surface layer a crust of snow
5 : the outer part of the earth
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