[kos-terd, kaw-sterd]


a large English variety of apple.
Archaic. the head.

Origin of costard

1250–1300; Middle English, perhaps < Anglo-French, equivalent to coste rib (see coast) + -ard -ard, alluding to the ridges or ribs of the variety Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for costard



an English variety of apple tree
the large ribbed apple of this tree
archaic, jocular a slang word for head

Word Origin for costard

C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Old French coste rib
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Word Origin and History for costard

late 13c., coster, perhaps from Anglo-French or Old French coste "rib" (from Latin costa "a rib;" see coast (n.)). A kind of large apple with prominent "ribs," i.e. one having a shape more like a green pepper than a plain, round apple. Also applied derisively to "the head." Common 14c.-17c. but limited to fruit-growers afterward.

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