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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any particular variety of custard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mixture of milk and eggs, sweetened, and baked or boiled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. sweetened mixture of milk and eggs baked or boiled or frozen


Middle English crustade, custard, a pie with a crust, probably from Old Provençal croustado; see croustade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of croustade. (Wiktionary)



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    January 18, 2009

  • Hahaha! Funny, uselessness.

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

    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

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

    August 1, 2007

  • 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