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

This brew is tart, like fresh blackberries, and has a hoppy kick. Fox News, "Best craft beers to drink right now," 3 May 2017 Arrange tomatoes on tart, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with mint, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart," 17 Aug. 2018 Spoon a bunch of sweet and tart apple pie filling on top, drizzled it with caramel sauce and go generous with the cinnamon sugar topping. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Both offered a similarly sweet and tart jolt that acted as an exclamation mark to start the parade of 12 or more dishes ($335, service included). Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Fit on bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch removable- bottom tart pan. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chamomile-Mascarpone Tart With Fresh Strawberries," 19 Mar. 2019 Cut each piece in half and fit into bottom and up sides of two 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets," 8 Mar. 2019 Its version tastes much more tart than the Sweethearts brand. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "No One’s Making Sweethearts This Year, Crushing Lovers of Valentine’s Day Candy," 11 Feb. 2019 Passion fruit, Sharon's Sorbet This tropical frozen treat packs some major passion-fruit flavor — sweetly tart and intense. Melanie Mannarino, Redbook, "4 Yummy New Dessert Ideas," 16 June 2010

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to a new report in The Sunday Times, Princess Diana once let Prince Harry have a treacle tart for breakfast. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Was "Easy to Cook For" & Let Harry Have Treacle Tarts for Breakfast," 14 Apr. 2019 Pop a handmade raspberry tart in the oven for a gourmet riff on the toaster favorite. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Glazed Berry Breakfast Tarts," 29 May 2015 As guests enjoyed the last spoonfuls of dessert—a delicious raspberry tart—the legendary singer placed the winning bid on an ethereal portrait by Yelena Yemchuk. Vogue, "Erykah Badu, Mario Sorrenti, and Francesco Clemente Attend the Dallas Contemporary Spring Gala," 8 Apr. 2019 Their final Slow Food Fast recipe, a tart of baby artichokes and celery root under a blanket of puff pastry, contains not much more than the ingredients listed in the name. ... Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "It’s Baby Artichoke Time. Here’s What They Were Made to Do.," 22 Mar. 2019 Geoduck, sea urchin and citrus work in unison in a delicate rice tart that comes to the table under a glass dome white from dry ice. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 The site includes menu items that are served at Churchill Downs, like a smoked turkey and brie sandwich or a Bourbon-sea salt and chocolate caramel tart created by Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How to Throw the Most Festive Kentucky Derby Party of All Time," 13 Mar. 2019 Place tart pans on 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake tart shells until beginning to turn light golden around edges, 8 to 10 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartlets," 8 Mar. 2019 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

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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

tart

noun

Kids Definition of tart (Entry 2 of 2)

: an often small pie usually with no top crust

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