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Definition of curd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the thick casein-rich part of coagulated milk
2 : something suggesting the curd of milk


curded; curding; curds

Definition of curd (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from curd


curdy \ ˈkər-​dē How to pronounce curd (audio) \ adjective

Examples of curd in a Sentence

Noun The curds have separated from the whey. The curd has separated from the whey.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What: On March 14, Rocket Baby Bakery will have three pies: coconut cream pie with passion fruit topping, peanut butter chocolate pie, and blackberry curd and lemon cream pie with pistachio crust. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2022 Once cool, the cookies are paired together with fillings like jam, fruit curd, chocolate ganache, or buttercream. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 15 Apr. 2022 Dots of mouth-puckering blood orange curd add balance and complete the plate. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Those from the south, who often delve up to the second joint or even higher—squeezing their curd rice into a ball with the palm of their hand, for instance—are seen as totally déclassé. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 Somewhat uniform curd size from the top of the bag to the bottom. Daniel Higgins, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2022 The curd will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks and adds a puckery sweetness to simple breakfasts like pancakes or a piece of toast long after the dutch baby is eaten up. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 25 Feb. 2022 Just save the extra curd for a cook’s treat, straight from the bowl. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2022 Lemon curd, mixed berry, vanilla custard and chocolate flavors will be stocked. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curd


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curd


Middle English crud, curd (usually in plural cruddes, croddes, curddys) "coagulated milk, any thickened substance, dregs, lees," probably noun derivative of crudden, curdden "to curdle or make curdle (of milk), coagulate, congeal" — more at crud entry 2Though sparsely attested in Middle English, the metathesized variant curd is now standard in reference to a milk product, with crud, crood, etc., dialectal or regional in the British Isles (compare crowdie). An offshoot of British crud is North American crud entry 1.


Middle English curdden, metathetic variant of crudden — more at crud entry 2

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“Curd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkərd How to pronounce curd (audio) \

Kids Definition of curd

: the thickened or solid part of milk that separates from the whey after milk sours and is used to make cheese


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Medical Definition of curd

: the thick casein-rich part of coagulated milk

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curdy \ -​ē How to pronounce curd (audio) \ adjective

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