tart

adjective
\ˈtärt \

Definition of tart 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : agreeably sharp or acid to the taste a tart apple

2 : marked by a biting, acrimonious, or cutting quality a tart rejoinder

tart

noun

Definition of tart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dish baked in a pastry shell : pie: such as

a : a small pie or pastry shell without a top containing jelly, custard, or fruit

b : a small pie made of pastry folded over a filling

2 [ earlier slang, girlfriend, probably short for jam tart, rhyming slang for sweetheart ]

a : a promiscuous woman : a woman who has many sexual partners

b : prostitute

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Other Words from tart

Adjective

tartish \ˈtär-tish \ adjective
tartly adverb
tartness noun

Examples of tart in a Sentence

Adjective

The wine is rather tart. I didn't add enough sugar to the lemonade, and now it's way too tart.

Noun

the sort of skimpy outfit that could cause a girl to be mistaken for a tart
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The sweet, tart fruit is so good with the buttery, crunchy topping. Southern Living, "This Is What Ina Garten Is Baking for Dessert Memorial Day Weekend," 25 May 2018 Juice from that tart fruit can be blended with other sweeter citrus (such as oranges) and still be used. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Can tart grapefruit ever be sweet?," 9 Feb. 2018 The beer list, which includes an excellent selection of sour, tart and funky beers, is righteous, but don’t overlook the elevated pub grub that’s coming out of the bar’s tiny kitchen. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Best new restaurants and bars to visit in the Mission right now," 17 June 2018 Roll out remaining disk of dough and carefully transfer to tart pan. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Torta Pasqualina," 23 Apr. 2018 Divide evenly among the tart pans, then gently push the raspberries in each portion of batter. Bonnie S. Benwick, miamiherald, "Here are five quick-fix ways to enjoy chocolate | Miami Herald," 12 Feb. 2018 Benson is the one who thinks about the interplay of balsamic, fall vegetables, and bright, tart apple. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?," 8 May 2018 This slushy is an anti-inflammatory triple-threat thanks to the tart pineapple, spicy turmeric, and zippy ginger. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Inflammation-Busting Pineapple Slushy," 25 June 2018 Her deep-dish egg tart brings perfectly diced, sautéed butternut squash and creamy egg custard in a buttery crust. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Menu includes caramelized onion tart, tuna Nicoise tartine, and mussels and Frites white wine, tomato, garlic, fine herbs, and spicy aioli. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Louie Louie, an American bistro, opens in University City," 9 July 2018 Image Butter tarts are to Canada what natas are to Portugal, mellow little dessert pastries sold and served everywhere. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Butter Tarts Clear Customs," 29 May 2018 Evoking a deconstructionist sculptural installation, blocks of white chocolate leaned against a lemon tart, with crumbly bits fanning out on one side, a mound of tea ice cream on the other. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Diners can get a square deal at Square Meal, a Hotel Revival restaurant," 24 May 2018 Already the store is offering wine and beer, a coffee and espresso program, and a dessert case full of quiche, croissants, dessert tarts, muffins and bagels. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Henderson & Kane General Store opens in Old Sixth Ward," 20 June 2018 Our favorite dessert at the restaurant: a lemon tart with Sorrento lemon cream and coconut sorbet. BostonGlobe.com, "A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors," 6 July 2018 Her chocolate tart with peanut ice cream is draped with milk-chocolate ganache, resembling (to me) a chocolate mullet. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Breakfast also includes egg and sausage casseroles, ham tarts with mushrooms or migas and fresh baked biscuits with homemade sausage gravy. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to eat, shop and sleep in Comfort," 11 June 2018 In this new recipe for a summer berry fruit tart, Chris Morocco kept things simple. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "This Fruit Tart Is Going Through Its Blue Period, Like Picasso," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of tart

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tart

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English teart sharp, severe; akin to Middle High German traz spite

Noun

Middle English tarte, from Anglo-French

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tart

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a sharp or sour taste

: having a sharp and unkind quality

tart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tart (Entry 2 of 2)

: an open pie that usually has a sweet filling (such as fruit or custard)

: a woman who wears very sexy clothing and has sex with many men

tart

adjective
\ˈtärt \
tarter; tartest

Kids Definition of tart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : pleasantly sharp or sour to the taste a tart apple

2 : having an unkind quality a tart manner

Other Words from tart

tartly adverb “I haven't made up my mind,” said Marilla rather tartly. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
tartness noun

tart

noun

Kids Definition of tart (Entry 2 of 2)

: an often small pie usually with no top crust

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