pas·​try | \ ˈpā-strē How to pronounce pastry (audio) \
plural pastries

Definition of pastry

1a : a dough that is used to make pies and other baked goods and typically has a high fat content : paste sense 1a
b : usually sweet baked goods made of dough having a high fat content a plate of tempting pastry — see danish pastry, french pastry
2 : a piece of pastry I had a pastry and a cup of tea.

Examples of pastry in a Sentence

He worked on the filling while I prepared the pastry. She had a pastry and coffee for breakfast.

Recent Examples on the Web

Tin Pot was founded by a former Facebook pastry chef, Becky Sunseri, who turned her lifelong passion for ice cream into a business. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Chase Center’s new food choices for Warriors games, concerts," 16 July 2019 The recipe comes from Lisa Donovan, who was the pastry chef at Husk in Nashville when Peach Truck owners Jessica and Stephen Rose were delivering Georgia fruit to the restaurant. Kate Heddings, Washington Post, "This pound cake recipe is, in a word, peachy," 11 July 2019 Rose Street has also opened a Bread Lab in the building, a production facility that will double as a space to develop an apprenticeship program, working with local students interested in becoming pastry chefs and bakers. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Rose Street Cafe in Schmidt Rathskeller building sets opening date," 11 July 2019 Desserts made using this cream are invariably delicious, so many pastry chefs strive to have an Alcremie as their partner. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The latest Pokémon Sword and Shield monsters are made of coal and whipped cream," 8 July 2019 Its delicate flavour is best expressed in the presence of fat, which is why the creams and custards of the elite’s pastry chefs became its natural milieu. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 Take Linnea Blake, pastry chef at Eastern Standard, the Hawthorne, and Hotel Commonwealth, who was charged with creating a cake with a very explicit message to be delivered to guests during dinner service. Kara Baskin,, "Yes, you can have your 3-D octopus-shaped cake and eat it, too," 1 July 2019 Kristen Massad of Dallas, a pastry chef and graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, blogs at Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Want to try a kids cooking subscription box? Here's why we love them," 21 June 2019 The pastry chef also plans to launch savory baked goods soon, such as bacon and cheese croissants. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Doughnut shop Holey Moley adds croissants, Danish and cookies to its lineup," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of pastry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pastry

paste entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pastry

: dough that is used to make pies and other baked goods
: a small, baked food made from pastry


past·​ry | \ ˈpā-strē How to pronounce pastry (audio) \
plural pastries

Kids Definition of pastry

1 : sweet baked goods (as pies) made mainly of flour and fat
2 : a piece of sweet baked goods

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