[ kuhs-terd ]
/ ˈkʌs tərd /


a dessert made of eggs, sugar, and milk, either baked, boiled, or frozen.

Origin of custard

1400–50; late Middle English, metathetic variant of earlier crustade kind of pie. See crust, -ade1; compare Provençal croustado Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for custard

/ (ˈkʌstəd) /


a baked sweetened mixture of eggs and milk
a sauce made of milk and sugar and thickened with cornflour

Word Origin for custard

C15: alteration of Middle English crustade kind of pie, probably from Old Provençal croustado, from crosta crust
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