Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dish consisting of milk, eggs, flavoring, and sometimes sugar, boiled or baked until set.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A compound of eggs and milk, sweetened, and baked or boiled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mixture of milk and eggs, sweetened, and baked or boiled.
  • noun (Bot.) a low tree or shrub of tropical America, including several species of Anona (Anona squamosa, Anona reticulata, etc.), having a roundish or ovate fruit the size of a small orange, containing a soft, yellowish, edible pulp.
  • noun [Obs.] pastry, or crust, which covers or coffins a custard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A type of sauce made from milk and eggs (and usually sugar, and sometimes vanilla or other flavourings) and thickened by heat, served hot poured over desserts, as a filling for some pies and cakes, or cold and solidified; also used as a base for some savoury dishes, such as quiches.
  • noun countable Any particular variety of custard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun sweetened mixture of milk and eggs baked or boiled or frozen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English crustade, custard, a pie with a crust, probably from Old Provençal croustado; see croustade.]

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Alteration of croustade.

Examples

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  • Custard the dragon had big sharp teeth,

    And spikes on top of him and scales underneath,

    Mouth like a fireplace, chimney for a nose,

    And realio, trulio, daggers on his toes.

    February 23, 2007

  • Mmm...custard. Dang, I should make some custard.

    August 1, 2007

  • A rare treat. With the popularity of cake, pie, and ice cream, I'd say it's definitely on its last stand.

    August 1, 2007

  • Hahaha! Funny, uselessness.

    Slumry, if you're making custard, send some this way! (With the pie, of course.)

    August 1, 2007

  • Google haven't entirely thought through the ramifications of advertising relevance. 'Cook scrambled eggs, now', on a page about custard? Yuck.

    January 18, 2009