adjective \ˈtärt\

: having a sharp or sour taste

: having a sharp and unkind quality

Full Definition of TART

:  agreeably sharp or acid to the taste <a tart apple>
:  marked by a biting, acrimonious, or cutting quality <a tart rejoinder>
tart·ish \ˈtär-tish\ adjective
tart·ly adverb
tart·ness noun

Examples of TART

  1. The wine is rather tart.
  2. <I didn't add enough sugar to the lemonade, and now it's way too tart.>

Origin of TART

Middle English, from Old English teart sharp, severe; akin to Middle High German traz spite
First Known Use: before 12th century



: an open pie that usually has a sweet filling (such as fruit or custard)

: a woman who wears very sexy clothing and has sex with many men

Full Definition of TART

:  a dish baked in a pastry shell :  pie: as
a :  a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit
b :  a small pie made of pastry folded over a filling
[earlier slang, girlfriend, probably short for jam tart, rhyming slang for sweetheart] :  prostitute

Examples of TART

  1. <the sort of skimpy outfit that could cause a girl to be mistaken for a tart>

Origin of TART

Middle English tarte, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


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