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 Garner shows her followers how to make the pastry dough and two types of fillings, both chicken and beef. Ana Calderone,, 30 Mar. 2022 Sam’s, which buys the frozen pastry dough from Banneton and then bakes and packages the pastries, needed to aggressively increase its inventory for customers who were now buying multipacks. Lisa Bannon, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 Tightly wrap and refrigerate the pastry dough for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2021 In the back of the kitchen, two chefs sliced pastry dough, assembling pigs in a blanket (an appetizer on the menu). New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 Mediterranean pastry dough stuffed with cream cheese, tzatziki sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoncini, tomato, gyro meat and Dino's Greek seasoning, deep-fried and drizzled with roasted garlic butter. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 This spacious 14-cup stainless steel food processor is powerful enough to process everything from whole nuts and seeds to pastry dough. Lizzy Briskin,, 14 Apr. 2021 With a sharp knife, lightly score pastry dough 1 inch in from the edges to mark a rectangle. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2021 Spread the apple filling over one half of the pastry dough, leaving about 1/2 an inch along the edges. Jessica Dupuy, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Pastry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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