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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The results yielded new insights into how the mineral crusts form. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 Like any goofball knows, the real pleasure in eating fried chicken is repurposing crispy crust pieces that fall off the chicken into your side items. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The new fried chicken in Huntsville you have to try," 12 Sep. 2019 During times of cooling on Titan, nitrogen was likely the key element in the atmosphere, raining down onto the crust and collecting beneath it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Lakes on Saturn's moon may be explosion craters," 11 Sep. 2019 Sear the pork on all sides, about 2 minutes per side or 12 minutes total, until a golden brown crust forms. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Allison Arevalo recipe: Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms," 10 Sep. 2019 Baste the apples with the syrup every 10 minutes or so to form a glaze and flavor the crust. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "New ‘Joy of Cooking’ is a masterwork that will erase any reservations about past editions," 9 Sep. 2019 Family’s Top Request After creating the crust, the duo added the finished sauce. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner Has Her 'First and Only' Guest on Her Pretend Cooking Show for a Pizza Tutorial," 6 Sep. 2019 Dessert will feature haupia, a thick coconut pudding round atop a macadamia cookie crust that’s drizzled with a syrup made from mango and guava. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New eateries, high-profile delay among changes at Liberty Public Market," 27 Aug. 2019 Harvest Berry Pie is made with vanilla soft serve, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, pie crust piece, and graham; Heath Caramel Brownie, of course, is made with Heath pieces, brownie chunks, and caramel topping. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Dairy Queen Just Released a Candle Collection Based on Its New Fall Blizzard Treats," 26 Aug. 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

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)

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