Word of the Day: crust

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
March 8, 2016
 
crust (noun, verb)
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A crusty loaf of bread
 
The crust is the outer part of a loaf of bread that becomes hard in the oven, and it is also the pastry or breadlike part of a pie or pizza. Crust also refers to any hard outside coating of something that is soft in the inside, or the hard shell of some animals. As a verb, it means 'to form into a hard outside layer.'

 

Example sentences

 

The baker took the loaves out of the oven when their crusts were hard and golden.
Now that you've put the filling in your pie, you need to cover it with the crust.
Emily doesn't like pizza crusts and always refuses to eat them.
The snow crunched as our boots broke through the crust.
The lobster shed its crust.
It was a nasty cut, but the surface soon crusted into a scab.

 

Multi-word forms
 
upper crust: an informal term for the upper class
 
Additional information
 
The upper layer of the Earth is also known as the crust.
 
Did you know?
 
In the UK, it is not uncommon to hear parents tell their children "Eat your crusts; it'll make your hair curl." However, there is no evidence of any truth to this old wives' tale.
 
Other forms
 
crusty (adjective), crustless (adjective), crustal (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Crust dates back to the late 13th or early 14th century; it comes from the Latin word crusta, meaning 'hard coating or crust,' and the Anglo-French and Old French word cruste or croste.
 
 
 
 
 
Crust in other languages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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