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

Definition of custard

: 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

Other Words from custard

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

Examples of custard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brooks’s favorite was the coconut custard pie, Reiner’s the chocolate pudding pie. Mark Feeney,, 12 May 2022 The buttery, flaky crust, the dreamy custard-like filling. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Her French toast, made by dicing leftover brioche and soaking it in a rich custard, is baked, like a bread pudding, in a bain marie, then sliced and served with fresh berries and a drizzle of dulce de leche. Robin Catalano, Bon Appétit, 10 May 2022 There is sweet banana and custard on the nose, along with a bit of baking spice. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 May 2022 Try the pork shiu mai steamed dumplings and the egg custard buns. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Sweet with apple notes on the palate and a creamy custard character accompanied by some tropical fruit flavors and a bit of pepperiness. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Some ice cream recipes call for eggs in the custard base. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Again, pick a combination of meats, vegetables and cheeses and use an egg custard blended with cream or milk to hold it all together. Casey Barber, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Custard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of custard

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

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