Share this entry

Share this page

custard

Syllabification: cus·tard
Pronunciation: /ˈkəstərd
 
/

Definition of custard in English:

noun

A dessert or sweet sauce made with milk, eggs, and sugar.
Example sentences
  • Rhubarb combines well with custard based desserts as well as a sauce or relish with rich meats and fish.
  • In Britain they have often been used for flavouring custards and milk puddings.
  • You can also infuse a pod in scalded cream or milk when making custard or ice-cream.

Origin

late Middle English crustarde, custarde (denoting an open pie containing meat or fruit in a spiced or sweetened sauce thickened with eggs), from Old French crouste (see crust).

More
  • A custard was originally a pie. Spelled crustarde or custarde, this was an open pie that contained meat or fruit in a spiced or sweetened sauce thickened with eggs. Over time the name gradually came to be applied to the sauce rather than the pie itself. The origin of the word was Old French crouste ‘a crust’ from Latin crusta ‘rind, shell, crust’, which is also where our word crust (Middle English) comes from.

Words that rhyme with custard

bustard, mustard

Definition of custard in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something