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

Comers and goers can find the same margarita—a straightforward, sweet-meets-tart version, dubbed La Babia after the hotel owner’s ranch—in Hotel Emma’s Sternewirth bar. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Where to Find the Most Remarkable Margaritas in San Antonio," 19 Oct. 2018 Eating Ground Cherries The distinctive, sweet-tart taste of ground cherries lends itself to wildly diverse recipes. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Another fine choice is the signature Blinking Owl, a sweet-tart gem created from the eponymous orange vodka, orange liqueur, orgeat, lemon juice and a Lambrusco float ($12). Jeanne Cooper, SFChronicle.com, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 Spoon this sweet-tart compote over your favorite vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Anush Elbakyan, BostonGlobe.com, "3 easy no-bake summer dessert recipes," 29 June 2018 The best blueberries are plump and sweet-tart with vibrant color that ranges from deep indigo to blue-black. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 2018 Fennel and herbal notes commingle with strawberry, tart cherry, raspberry and a touch of salinity in this fresh and lively wine. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 Ripe, yellow tomatoes brought a farm-market touch to a flaky pastry crust layered with creamy sheep’s milk ricotta, arugula pesto, and a sweet-tart balsamic drizzle. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 To strike a balance of tart and sweet, there’s a blend of ocean minerals, Himalayan pink sea salt, and the tastebud-tricking monk fruit. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These Dirty Lemon x Vogue Detox Tonics Are an Immune-Boosting Antioxidant Dream," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Consider dishes like boudin noir tart ($7), rabbit salad ($10), escargot in puff pastry ($16), duck liver terrine ($7), egg baked in red wine with mushrooms ($6) and steak au poivre ($8). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 The pastel de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) are beautiful in form and, thanks to high-quality Japanese eggs, exceptionally rich. Bon Appetit, "Nata de Cristiano," 19 Mar. 2018 Fäviken’s Magnus Nilsson compiles a dizzying array of recipes for breads, scones, cakes, porridges, soups, and tarts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Marley Marius, Vogue, "11 Cookbooks for Every Foodie on Your List," 15 Nov. 2018 Shake up the Turkey Day dessert table by preparing a lovely, scrumptious, easy parfait or tart. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 At one point there were four more guests than places at the table, but Ellery quickly shuffled seats around and for dessert, everyone stood to eat slices of a rhubarb and frangipane tart. New York Times, "How to Host a Dinner Party, and Also Enjoy It. Really.," 5 July 2018 Vibe: Brunchable Don’t miss: The Shanghai soup dumplings, shrimp har gow and egg custard tarts. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "From boozy to brunchable, where to eat and drink at the Pride parade," 14 June 2018 The goats’ cheese in the tart accentuates the asparagus-like grassy flavors in the wine. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Nectarine tart made with White House honey and accompanied by crème fraiche ice cream will be served for dessert. Darlene Suerville, chicagotribune.com, "First lady chooses lamb and opera for President Macron of France's state dinner," 23 Apr. 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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