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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 The first lady, who speaks French, also has experienced hands running the kitchen, pastry shop and florist’s lair. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Vive la France: Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 21 Apr. 2018 Pasticceria Marchesi, one of Milan’s oldest pastry shops, opens its first pop-up installation dedicated to traditional Italian ice cream in the Miami Design District. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Miami Design District is the coolest neighborhood you haven't visited | Miami Herald," 16 Feb. 2018 Roberta Carli, who runs a pastry shop with her sister in the town’s main square, remembers the crowds that turned out in April 1981 both in the square and along Via Gramsci for a speech by Italian communist leader Enrico Berlinguer. Lorenzo Totaro,, "An Old Communist Town Shows Why Italy’s Vote Is a Cliffhanger," 14 Feb. 2018 The company has its roots in Italy, where in the 1940s, Piera and Pietro Ferrero turned a pastry shop into a factory. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "3 things to know about new Nestle U.S. owner Ferrero," 28 Jan. 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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