pas·​try | \ˈpā-strē \
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.

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Its flaky pastry can be stuffed with anything from ground beef to crab. Kristin Braswell, ELLE Decor, "Just In: Buenos Aires Is The New Paris," 19 Mar. 2018 Guava and cheese Danish at Bread & Chocolate, Hamden — Of its many great treats, Bread & Chocolate's best is its croissant pastry topped with the famous Latin combination of guayaba y queso. Frank Cohen,, "What Great Dishes Are On Your Own CT Bucket List? Here Are Our Picks," 21 Feb. 2018 The ladies can barely keep up, so be prepared to jostle for your fresh, crisp pastry filled with feta and spinach., "28 Delicious Dishes Around the World for $5 or Less," 13 Feb. 2018 Bittersweet Confections: Pastry chef Cheryl Scripter, also a St. Roch Market vendor, will offer her pastries and sweets along made-to-order items in the morning like French toast or breakfast sandwiches. Todd A. Price,, "Auction House Market brings Indian, sushi and empanadas to Warehouse District," 5 Feb. 2018 Gesualdi has since purchased Aux Petits Delices, a pastry shop in Wayne. Allison Steele,, "Sexual harassment in restaurants: How Philly's food scene is grappling with #MeToo," 11 June 2018 And Mexican vanilla adds a pastry-shop elán to a creamy latte. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Top 5 coffee shops in San Antonio," 4 June 2018 North Lime Coffee & Donuts The new pastry shop, which opened in February at 1228 S 7th St. in Old Louisville, is appropriately recognizing the holiday with cake. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Where to find deals and freebies on National Donut Day in Louisville," 31 May 2018 The first lady, who speaks French, also has experienced hands running the kitchen, pastry shop and florist’s lair. Washington Post, "Trump hosting glitzy White House state dinner for Macron," 24 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 \
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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