\ ˈtärt How to pronounce tart (audio) \

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



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

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Other Words from tart


tartish \ ˈtär-​tish How to pronounce tartish (audio) \ 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 Pour the Grapefruit Curd Filling into the prebaked tart shell. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Celebrate Texas grapefruit season with this refreshing tart in an almond shortbread crust," 3 Feb. 2020 Place the tart shell on a flat baking sheet and transfer to the oven. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Whitney Otawka of Greyfield Inn," 2 Nov. 2019 This deliciously rich, slightly tangy dough makes excellent tart shells or turnovers. Robin Mather, Twin Cities, "New ‘Joy of Cooking’ is a masterwork that will erase any reservations about past editions," 24 Oct. 2019 Wild yeast, whether in beer or wine, can lead to a broad array of aromas and flavors — from tart to earthy to funky. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Act Natural is Hopewell Brewing’s wild beer festival that doubles as a natural wine fest," 5 Aug. 2019 Blood oranges are the less acidic citric cousin to navel oranges, meaning its tart, berry-like overtones accentuate our IPA in an amazing way. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Get to know Gravely Brewing Co., a craft brewery in Louisville," 4 Mar. 2018 Best of all is the film’s tart, slangy, electrical modus communicandi. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Gentlemen: Return of the Hilarious Gangster Caper," 23 Jan. 2020 Those little pips are tart, sweet and so delicious when eaten by the handful, juiced or reduced down to a syrupy thick molasses. Washington Post, "8 recipes featuring the pomegranate, the jewel of fruits," 9 Jan. 2020 The result is tart, earthy, crunchy, and much better than anything else my vacuum of a spice cabinet can produce. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "Of All the Things in My Pantry, This Za’atar Blend Is My Favorite," 7 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cooking reaches well past photogenic egg salad sandos: exquisite, austere vegetable dishes; chocolate croissants served hot; deeply caramelized canelés; and a custardy date tart from pastry chef Jen Yee. Los Angeles Times, "Where to eat a traditional Japanese breakfast in Los Angeles," 11 Jan. 2020 Taylor Trensch, who plays Dill in Mockingbird made a great vegan chocolate tart. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "To Kill a Mockingbird," 16 Dec. 2019 Then place the tart in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 Their instant success spurred a spin-off bistro specializing in the savory tarts. Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "These Beautiful Cakes Are Actually Healthy Salads," 28 Mar. 2016 Equally impressive are the buttery slabs of fruit tart, covered with small apricots or creamy pear wedges. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Almondine Bakery Is the Only Reason You’ll Find Me in Dumbo," 8 Jan. 2020 Brush tops of tarts with remaining egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cranberry Hand Pies," 28 Oct. 2019 Fortunately, there’s an 85°C bakery in the Diamond Jamboree mall with two kinds of very creditable egg tarts. Daily Pilot, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 6 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, there’s an 85°C bakery in the Diamond Jamboree mall with two kinds of very creditable egg tarts. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tart


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tart


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


Middle English tarte, from Anglo-French

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“Tart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tart. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a sharp or sour taste
: having a sharp and unkind quality



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
\ ˈtärt How to pronounce tart (audio) \
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



Kids Definition of tart (Entry 2 of 2)

: an often small pie usually with no top crust

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