crust

noun \ ˈkrəst \

Definition of crust

1 a :the hardened exterior or surface part of bread
b :a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard
2 a :the pastry shell of a pie :piecrust
b :the bready layer that forms the foundation of a pizza
3 :a hard or brittle external coat or covering: such as
a :a hard surface layer (as of soil or snow)
b :the outer part of a planet, moon, or asteroid composed essentially of crystalline rocks
c :a deposit built up on the interior surface of a wine bottle during long aging
d :an encrusting deposit (as of the eye) of dried secretions or exudate; also :scab
4 :gall, nerve

crust

verb

crustal

play \ˈkrə-stᵊl\ adjective

crustless

play \ˈkrəs(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of crust in a Sentence

  1. Her children prefer to eat their sandwiches with the crust cut off.

  2. a pie with flaky crust

  3. He likes pizza with thin 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



CRUST Defined for English Language Learners

crust

noun

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

crust

noun \ ˈkrəst \

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

Medical Dictionary

crust

noun \ ˈkrəst \

medical Definition of crust

1 :scab 2
2 :an encrusting deposit of serum, cellular debris, and bacteria present over or about lesions in some skin diseases (as impetigo or eczema)

crust

verb


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