cus·​tard | \ ˈkə-stərd How to pronounce custard (audio) \

Definition of custard

: a pudding-like usually sweetened mixture made with eggs and milk

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custardy \ ˈkə-​stər-​dē How to pronounce custard (audio) \ adjective

Examples of custard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Del Grande blends an egg custard sauce with avocado and fennel, and then mixes it with lobster meat. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "The 10 best dishes at Houston's newest restaurants," 7 Jan. 2021 The burger chain is also adding a Black Sugar Vanilla Shake, made with caramel black sugar, vanilla frozen custard and black sugar syrup. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Shake Shack launches Korean-inspired chicken sandwich and tenders," 6 Jan. 2021 Even a pandemic couldn’t quell our need for cool and creamy frozen custard in the height of summer. cleveland, "Best pizza, pierogi, lemonade, salsa, frozen custard and more: Every Cleveland’s Best contest of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Add the bread and cranberries and, using a flexible spatula, stir until the bread absorbs most of the custard. Washington Post, "Instant Pot delivers the silkiest bread pudding we’ve ever tried," 11 Dec. 2020 Both menus include cranberry crispy chicken, golden squash stir-fry, green bean chicken basil and Thai pumpkin custard. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "40-plus North Texas restaurants offering Thanksgiving dishes and desserts to-go," 12 Nov. 2020 Shake Shack’s first Oakland restaurant officially opens on Tuesday, bringing the popular New York chain’s burgers and frozen custard. Justin Phillips,, "Shake Shack's new Oakland location starts slinging burgers on Tuesday," 7 Dec. 2020 Even melted butter should be cooled to room temperature before being added to custard. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "7 Minnesota pastry chefs teach you how to make the perfect pie," 18 Nov. 2020 Choice of turkey or braised short rib with sides and pumpkin custard. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Need help with Thanksgiving dinner? These Utah restaurants and bakeries are here for you," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of custard

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for custard

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

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The first known use of custard was circa 1616

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Custard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of custard

: a type of sweet food that is made with eggs and milk


cus·​tard | \ ˈkə-stərd How to pronounce custard (audio) \

Kids Definition of custard

: a sweetened mixture of milk and eggs baked, boiled, or frozen

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