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 Fellow pastry chef Kristen Hall sparked the idea when after suggesting bakers -- both professional and hobbyist -- combine talents to make boxes of cookies for the bake sale. Shauna Stuart |, al, "‘We have to change it’: Birmingham pastry chefs on baking for social justice," 26 June 2020 In April, just over a week after starting Kingdom Direct, Mr. McCurdy’s professional talents as a pastry chef won him the wherewithal to scale up his new service. Gareth Henderson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Vermont farm turned being a good neighbor into good business," 25 June 2020 Use a spatula, pastry blade or peel to transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. cleveland, "Homemade crackers: Who needs a box?," 25 June 2020 Puff pastry is a finicky thing to make—lots of folding and rolling layers of dough and butter with rounds of chilling in between. Roxane Gay, Bon Appétit, "I’ll Never Be Able to Cook the Bad News Away. But I Try Anyway," 22 June 2020 Rachel Anderson, a pastry chef in Saint Paul, Minn., learned about the project a few days ago on Instagram from other women in the restaurant industry. Washington Post, "D.C. chefs raising money to fight racism have possibly created the world’s biggest bake sale," 18 June 2020 Use a rolling pin to roll out the pastry to roughly double its size. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Steelhead Wellington," 22 May 2020 The French bakery offers a freezer-to-oven kouign amann (French butter cake) for $30 and a Father’s Day pastry box with seven assorted pastries for $25. Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Father’s Day specials," 13 June 2020 Pernoi lead pastry chef Tanya Fallon, who prepared the divine baguettes featured at Pernoi pre-COVID as well as desserts, will now be dedicated full-time to bread baking. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Super high-end Birmingham restaurant Pernoi rebrands as casual Italian joint," 12 June 2020

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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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The first known use of pastry was in the 15th century

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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pastry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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