en·​crust | \ in-ˈkrəst How to pronounce encrust (audio) , iŋ-\
variants: or less commonly
encrusted also incrusted; encrusting also incrusting; encrusts also incrusts

Definition of encrust

transitive verb

: to cover, line, or overlay with or as if with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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Synonyms for encrust


cake, crust, rime

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Examples of encrust in a Sentence

refrigerator shelves that were encrusted with the residue of many spills

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They were finely made, velvet encrusted with gold lining, his hat made of beaver pelt and trimmed with lace. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 2019 Her floor-clacking sandals came with an extra dose of Y2K glamour, encrusted with glittering rhinestones. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for the Toe Ring," 14 June 2019 Floral dresses were upcycled, vintage Levi’s jeans were reconstructed and encrusted with a Swarovski crystal tiger print, and cargo pants were cropped and tailored. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The Attico and Re/Done Launched a Sustainable Capsule Collection," 16 May 2019 And sonar sensors are expensive, laborious to install and prone to being corroded or encrusted with organisms. Allie Wilkinson, Scientific American, "Military Tries Out Fish as Underwater Spies," 29 Mar. 2019 Many in the arts and the local community are concerned about the possible post-sale demolition of the Bride building, which is entirely encrusted with striking mirrored mosaic murals by artist Isaiah Zagar. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Old City artists concerned about silence surrounding Painted Bride sales plan," 7 May 2018 Most of the rooms were encrusted with formations bulging from the walls, dripping from the ceilings and rising from the floor. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 According to Elle, only three of these luxe brushes are being made, each of which are plated in white gold and encrusted in either white diamonds, black diamonds, or rubies — hence the uh, steep $25,000 price tag. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Artis Created a $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brush," 13 Nov. 2018 Dazzling jewels encrusted on clothes, chokers, tiaras, brooches, headgear, swords and daggers capture the opulence of the Rathores. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of encrust

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for encrust

probably from Latin incrustare, from in- + crusta crust

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en·​crust | \ in-ˈkrəst\
encrusted; encrusting

Kids Definition of encrust

: to cover with or as if with a crust Barnacles encrust the bottom of the boat.


transitive verb
variants: also incrust \ in-​ˈkrəst How to pronounce incrust (audio) \

Medical Definition of encrust

: to cover, line, or overlay with a crust

intransitive verb

: to form a crust

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