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[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/
verb (used with or without object)
1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The outside of the edifice was encrusted with marble, and decorated with statues.

  • He will go into a palace, where all the furniture will be of gold, encrusted in diamonds.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • March began with cold winds and rain and sharp frost; and when I left Pau the ground was encrusted with frost in all directions.

    Barn and the Pyrenees Louisa Stuart Costello
  • Their dresses are superb; their arms and trappings are encrusted with gold and gems.

    At Aboukir and Acre George Alfred Henty
  • I had in my possession a most valuable harp, encrusted with diamonds, rubies, and other precious stones.

    Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
  • Sometimes a painted or encrusted skirting on interior walls.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • Is't so?And have these years enforced, encrusted meTo something monstrous, neither woman nor man?

  • The dust which encrusted the furniture and the floor had not been disturbed for months.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for encrusted


(transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating
to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating
(transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels
Derived Forms
encrustation, incrustation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encrusted



1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare "to cover with crust," from in- (see in- (2)) + crusta (see crust). Related: Encrusted; encrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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