from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A molded or hollowed bowllike crust, as of pastry, rice, or bread, used as a serving container for another food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A edible container (often of pastry) filled with a savoury food
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Bread baked in a mold, and scooped out, to serve minces upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cup-like form of bread toasted, fried in hot fat, or dipped in melted butter and browned in the oven; also, a hollow mold of rice sprinkled with bread-crumbs and fried in deep fat, or of puff-paste filled with creamed meat, fish, etc.
French, from Provençal croustado, from Old Provençal, from Latin crūstātus, past participle of crūstāre, to encrust, from crūsta, crust; see crust.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French croustade (Wiktionary)