tart

adjective
\ 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

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

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Other Words from tart

Adjective

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

Just be sure to provide a flavor range from sweet to tart, as well as a mix of firm and soft textures. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant," 17 July 2018 Spread evenly into a 9 inch pie or tart pan, patting down with your hands. Town & Country, "Not Your Average Pumpkin Pie," 22 Sep. 2014 Rich almond and tart passion fruit, originally offered for professionals, are now sold for home cooks. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Two New Ingredients for the Home Baker," 4 June 2018 Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat Full Sail's Session Watermelon Wheat Ale starts out with a tart and crisp aroma. Fox News, "10 craft beers you need to sip before summer ends," 24 Aug. 2017 Physalis ixocarpa is commonly sold in markets and has large (up to 2 ½-inch-diameter) tart green fruits, which ripen to pale yellow. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Guide To Growing The Biggest Tomatillos North Of Mexico," 22 Mar. 2017 Greek yogurt and honey add the perfect balance to top the of juicy and tart citrus. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Red Citrus Salad with Berries, Pears and Pomegranates," 9 Jan. 2019 For a less tart topping, sub in the same amount of crème fraîche or mascarpone for sour cream. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Gingery Sweet Potato Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 My pick for the holiday lies on the strawberry dessert spectrum — plump, juicy, fragrantly ripe scarlet berries piled in a tart shell or on shortcake with a cloud of cream. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Pie That Is but a Dream," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to tea, there will be tea treats like Tea sandwiches, scones and tarts. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 37 things to do and see in the Brookfield and Wauwatosa area this summer," 11 June 2018 These tiny tarts are unapologetically feminine (and oh, so tasty). ELLE Decor, "13 Pretty (And Delicious!) Mother's Day Desserts," 11 Apr. 2016 Other baked-in-house cookies include chocolate chip brioche and rustic fruit tarts, and there is a selection of French-style breads, including baguettes and country boules. Fox News, "Best bakeries in America," 25 Feb. 2016 At Brigitte Bistro Moderne, a French restaurant on the Lower East Side, chef Kamran Naseem said his chocolate chestnut tart is his lead seller. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Not Just Roasted Anymore, Chestnuts Crash Other Holiday Treats," 22 Dec. 2018 Valentine's Day is about celebrating your relationship, not dropping major cash on an overrated chocolate tart. 1. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "14 Cheap Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Are Actually Fun," 19 Nov. 2018 This elegant tart, with tangerine, ginger and a little chocolate, is one of them. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Treat for Lemon Lovers and Beyond," 9 Mar. 2018 Simple pastas dressed with vegetables, fennel au gratin, typically soupy risottos, a zucchini and mint frittata, and peaches in amaretto syrup are some standouts, and her fig-and-mascarpone cake, and pine nut-and-custard tart are first-rate. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Venice, Without the Tourists," 2 July 2018 Two-tiered pastry stands were decked with scones, cakes, and tarts. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "A royal viewing party on this side of the Atlantic," 19 May 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 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
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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