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

Though some commenters voiced concern that the rebranding foreshadowed an end to doughnut sales at the store, Dunkin’ reps quickly confirmed through its official account that the beloved pastries were not slated to leave menus in any way. Fox News, "Dunkin' Donuts name change met with frustration, apathy on Twitter," 28 Sep. 2018 Dad and son each took our order, made a suggestion, and helpfully microwaved the pastries to warm them a bit. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Kids will get a kick out of using the plastic syringes to inject chocolate or Bavarian cream sauce inside the pastry. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Kids already bored this summer? Break the monotony at these tasty gaming destinations," 28 June 2018 The hilarious result was something that sounded like a Russian pastry. Greg Klee,, "A pop quiz on pot in popular culture," 21 June 2018 Her baklava is an alternative Georgian version, paglava, that resembles a babka wrapped in crisp pastry, and her oozing chocolate doughnut holes are Middle Eastern only in the hint of rosewater. Jonathan Gold,, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 Since 1973, Cardiff native Ted Platis’ family has been selling the traditional Greek phyllo pastry at the fair. Pam Kragen,, "Fair aims for sweet success this summer," 16 May 2018 Tests performed on the pastries showed the presence of naphthalene, a chemical that is commonly found in mothballs and can be harmful or even fatal if ingested in larger doses, according to the search warrant. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Police investigate whether father gave children poisoned doughnuts to take to his estranged wife," 10 May 2018 Instead, swap the pastry for hearty, satisfying meals with lots of protein and good fats—like a veggie omelet, poke bowl, chicken on a bed of greens, or a yogurt and avocado smoothie. Isadora Baum,, "6 Self-Care Habits That Ease PMS Symptoms, According to Gynecologists," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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