[ en-kruhst ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or line with a crust or hard coating.

  2. to form into a crust.

  1. to deposit as a crust.

verb (used without object)
  1. to form a crust: They scraped off the barnacles that always encrusted on the ship's hull.

Origin of encrust

First recorded in 1635–45 for incrust and 1710–20 for encrust; from Old French encrouster, incrouster, from Latin incrustāre “to cover with a layer, rind, or crust; daub”; see origin at en-1, crust
  • Also in·crust [in-kruhst] /ɪnˈkrʌst/ .

Other words from encrust

  • en·crust·ant, adjective, noun
  • non·en·crust·ing, adjective, noun

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How to use encrust in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for encrust



/ (ɪnˈkrʌst) /

  1. (tr) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating

  2. to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating

  1. (tr) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels

Derived forms of encrust

  • encrustation or incrustation, noun

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