crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Definition of crust

1a : the hardened exterior or surface part of bread
b : a piece of this or of bread grown dry or hard
2a : 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

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Other Words from crust

crust verb
crustal \ ˈkrə-​stᵊl How to pronounce crustal (audio) \ adjective
crustless \ ˈkrəs(t)-​ləs How to pronounce crustless (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The flatbreads are actually house-made pizzas with great crust, and the slightly spicy sausage fennel ($14) is as good as can be. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Warmth, great food make Cohasset’s Corner Stop a must," 31 Jan. 2020 Once hot, lay in cheese and sear to form a golden crust, 2 minutes per side. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Eat Your Greens: This Shortcut Recipe for Saag Keeps It Snappy," 29 Jan. 2020 This incredibly simple roast eye of round beef recipe with thyme and rosemary has a terrific flavorful crust, and juicy meat inside. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sunday Suppers: This roast beef dinner with crispy Parmesan potatoes will make your mama proud," 11 Jan. 2020 Instead there were simple round pie crusts, artfully scored with designs of apricot and fig leaves. al, "Kicking off King Cake season with a European twist," 7 Jan. 2020 Both have iron-rich cores, mantles filled with churning molten rock, and thin, rocky crusts that cover their surface. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Venus, Earth's Boiling Twin," 5 Jan. 2020 Make the crust: Mix flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 Sold by the pie and with optional dipping sauces for the crust, the cheesy slices are enough to make a New Yorker question if their city really is the country’s pizza epicenter. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why St. Louis Needs to Be Your Next Weekend Getaway," 19 Dec. 2019 The iconic chain is known as the creator of Detroit-style pizza — one with thick crust, crispy, caramelized edges and sauce drizzled atop the cheese. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Buddy's Pizza in downtown Detroit: Sneak peek," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of crust

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crust

Middle English crouste, cruste, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French cruste, crouste, going back to Latin crusta "hard coating or surface layer, shell of an arthropod or crustacean, mineral flake, stone slab used in paneling," perhaps, if going back to *krus-to- "something crushed or pounded into a hard layer," from a zero-grade nominal derivative of Indo-European *kreu̯s- "beat, crush, pound," whence also Old English hruse "earth, ground," Old High German roso, rosa "crust, layer of ice" (going back to Germanic *hrusōn-) — more at anacrusis

Note: The hypothetical base *krus-to- is suggested by Michiel de Vaan, Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages (Leiden: Brill, 2008), p. 147, though the older handbooks (Walde-Hoffman, Ernout-Meillet) tend to support a connection with Greek krýos "icy cold, frost" and other derivatives, going back to a presumed homonymous *krus- (see cryo-). As de Vaan points out, however, Latin crusta does not mean "ice." The original sense of the Germanic noun *hrusōn- is not certain. Greek krýstallos "ice, rock crystal" is almost certainly unrelated (see crystal entry 1).

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“Crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crustal. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for crust

crust

noun
How to pronounce crust (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crust

: the hard outer surface of bread
: the outside part of a pie
: the bread that is used to make a pizza

crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Kids Definition of crust

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

crust

noun
\ ˈkrəst How to pronounce crust (audio) \

Medical Definition of crust

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

Other Words from crust

crust verb

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