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

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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

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 The juice inside the vesicles is as tart and acidic as lime, though not with as distinctive a lime flavor. Nan Sterman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Branching out with new crops," 31 May 2018 Spread the chicken evenly in the bed of the tart shell, then sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan and mozzarella. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Banish winter with a chicken-pesto dinner tart, salad, and dessert," 20 Apr. 2018 This Classic Coconut Lemon Cake is sweet and tart and guaranteed to make a birthday believer out of even the crankiest celebrants. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "The only mashed potatoes recipe you'll ever need," 10 Apr. 2018 In the interview, Clifford came across as tart and smart, believable and likable, a good storyteller. Anchorage Daily News, "No, Stormy Daniels, you didn’t ‘deserve’ that," 29 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 European breads, pastries, and cakes are prepared in the on-site bakery, as are decadent treats like Persian love cakes and Portuguese custard tarts. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Press evenly into a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: S’Mores Tart," 6 Apr. 2018 The mille-feuille doesn’t shatter on impact like the ones at Le Coq Rico or Benoit, and the pastry crust under the long band of cooked fruit in the apple tart needs to be crisper or more buttery. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 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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