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 Diners walk through the restaurant (the dining room was in progress in spring) and past the pastry case full of pie and past shelves of pie-making books and kitchen tools for sale. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 In particular, if pastry dough isn’t in your skillset. Amy Drew Thompson,, 16 June 2021 There is a strong focus on the long aging on the lees (yeast particles) giving the wine pastry notes alongside its bold cassis flavors. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 12 June 2021 Like its namesake pastry, the cushioned seat is an oval with a hole in the center. Braelyn Wood,, 9 June 2021 Sprinkle the Parmesan on the pastry round in a 10-inch circle., 8 June 2021 Tightly gathered, accordion-like pastry sheets fold neatly onto themselves, resembling the edge of a closed book. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 1 June 2021 The person who was preparing salads was also plating pastry. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 29 May 2021 Don’t leave without trying the focaccette al formaggio, warm pastry fried in olive oil and oozing with stracchino cheese. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, 28 May 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Pastry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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