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 That brown and crispy crust is also the result of the dough caramelizing. Jeffrey Miller, Washington Post, "The combinations and the cooking process enhance the taste of already-tasty ingredients.," 4 Nov. 2019 Papa John's crust selection lacks variety compared to its competitors. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Papa John's is adding a new crust for the first time in nearly four decades," 4 Nov. 2019 Appetizer orders of onion rings, mushrooms and pickles all sported a feathery and well-seasoned crust. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Hoffman’s Steakhouse a dependable East Side spot for surf and turf," 31 Oct. 2019 This secondary cooking can help provide that characteristic outer crust of a good carne asada. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "This carne asada recipe roots one metro Phoenix chef to generations of female grill masters," 30 Oct. 2019 Oats and almonds, spiced with cinnamon and cloves, make the ultimate crust for any Thanksgiving pie. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pear and Berry Crumb Pie," 28 Oct. 2019 The battered crust was crispy, but the cod was bland. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Review: No mutinies over the food at this Elkridge pirate bar," 28 Oct. 2019 Cauliflower has exploded in popularity recently—making its way into everything from pizza crust to hot cereal, and also replacing rice in grainless bowls, stir-fries, sushi, and more. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Cauliflower Benefits: 7 Ways This Vegetable Helps Your Health," 23 Oct. 2019 The cilantro added a floral, fresh and aromatic note, and the baguette was perfect — soft enough to bite through, with a crispy, crackly crust. Anchorage Daily News, "A patisserie, boba parlor, sandwich shop and chowder house under one roof," 23 Oct. 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

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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