cus·​tard ˈkə-stərd How to pronounce custard (audio)
plural custards
: a cooked mixture made of eggs and milk or cream and usually having a thick, creamy consistency
By the eighteenth century it had become the dessert we know today: a layered treat of sponge cake, custard, fruit, jam, whipped cream and spirits.Bon Appétit
We toss a laurel wreath to the chefs for their … pastitsio and moussaka, both of which sported a savory custard topping.Greg Morago et al.
Smooth and creamy, custard lends itself to a range of both sweet and savory dishes.Gabrielle Shaughness
custardy adjective

Examples of custard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surprise the family with this refreshing pie with a chocolate wafer crust and chocolate custard filling. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 Gentler and more forgiving than royal icing, the brittle gloss associated with conventional British cake stylings, fondant was commercialized in the early 1960s as a premade ready-to-roll frosting, sold alongside instant custard mixes and cake batter emulsifiers. Zoey Poll Katja Mayer, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Use a dedicated popover pan or bake in custard cups to achieve this simple quick bread's signature high sides. 10 of 17 Apple Pie Bread View Recipe The only thing that can beat a slice of old-fashioned apple pie in the fall is this insanely delicious quick bread. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Feb. 2024 My hair has tested almost every product, from steamers to custards and DIY conditioners. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 What awaits are the most tender of cake crumbs, luxurious of ganaches and creamiest of custards (that’s right, custards). Charlotte Druckman, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The high-quality metal bonding, along with a heavy bottom, means no hot spots and heightened precision when working with delicate liquids like caramels and custards. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 5 Feb. 2024 Get The Recipe Baked Almond French Toast with Maple-Blackberry Syrup Instead of bread slices, cubes of brioche are baked in an almond custard until golden and puffy on the inside. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 29 Jan. 2024 The second is Corazón French Oak Añejo Tequila, aged for a minimum of 13 months in French oak barrels used to mature Old Charter Oak French Oak bourbon, with notes of sweet oak, ripe berries, vanilla custard, and cinnamon spice. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, a kind of pie, alteration of crustarde, crustade, probably from Anglo-French *crustade, from cruste crust, from Latin crusta — more at crust

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of custard was circa 1616

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“Custard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cus·​tard ˈkəs-tərd How to pronounce custard (audio)
: a sweetened mixture of milk and eggs baked, boiled, or frozen

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