pas·​try ˈpā-strē How to pronounce pastry (audio)
plural pastries
: a dough that is used to make pies and other baked goods and typically has a high fat content : paste sense 1a
: usually sweet baked goods made of dough having a high fat content
a plate of tempting pastry
see danish pastry, french pastry
: 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 Pan serves pastries and desserts made with a mix of European and Japanese techniques and flavors, like flaky miso cinnamon rolls, Basque-style matcha cheesecake and anpan, sweet rolls filled with red bean paste. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Julian’s contribution to the family’s budding hospitality business is a chef’s breakfast spread with fresh-baked pastries, eggs, and farmer’s market produce that launches the second B of B&B into the stratosphere (and the catering team is available for events, too). Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 8 Apr. 2024 John, the executive chef, and Karen, the pastry chef, returned to Chicago and launched Smyth and the Loyalist, its downstairs brasserie, in the West Loop in 2017. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 The Regency Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a sophisticated setting; the Sant Ambrose Coffee Bar offers java, pastries, sandwiches, and the like. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 The festival's bulletin features new Bluebeard head chef Alan Sternberg and pastry chef Youssef Boudarine, Julieta Taco Shop's Gabriel Sanudo and Esteban Rosas, Love Handle's Chris Bennedyk and Chef Oya's the TRAP's Oya Woodruff. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2024 The pastry first gained hype in Daejeon, South Korea, and has become somewhat of a Korean bakery staple. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 For breakfast, pastries and a choice of cereal are also available. Michele Robson, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The coffee shop is designed to serve commuters and workers of the dynamic business district surrounding Liverpool Street station, offering pastries and a variety of Nespresso blends in hot and cold formats, including latte, cappuccino and americano. Clara Ludmir, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


paste entry 1

First Known Use

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

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

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“Pastry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural pastries
: sweet baked goods (as cakes or tarts) made of dough or having a crust made of enriched dough
: a piece of pastry

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