- to cover with or as with a crust, or hard coating
- to decorate elaborately, esp. with gems
Origin of encrustOld French encrouster ; from Classical Latin incrustare: see in- and amp; crust
transitive verben·crust·ed, en·crust·ing, en·crusts also in·crust·ed or in·crust·ing or in·crusts
- To cover or coat with or as if with a crust: tires encrusted with dried mud; legalities that were encrusted with tradition.
- To decorate by inlaying or overlaying with a contrasting material: encrust wood paneling with ivory.
Origin of encrustPossibly from French incruster, from Latin incrustare : in-, on; see en–1 + crusta, crust; see kreus- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present encrusts, present participle encrusting, simple past and past participle encrusted)