\ 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 For anyone who loves the tart, sweet, almond taste of Linzer cookies, this light homemade frozen yogurt will hit the spot. Sara And Kory Martin, Country Living, "Raspberry Linzer Cookie Frozen Yogurt," 15 Apr. 2020 Desserts include fruit tart or banana cream pie ($15). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "20 metro Phoenix restaurants offering Easter dinner and brunch for take out," 8 Apr. 2020 Hints of tangerine make this a great choice for anyone who loves fruity or tart beers. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Beer Wants to Be a Wellness Trend, Too," 7 Mar. 2020 The hybrid of 70 percent plum and 30 percent apricots gives this red-hued colored jam a balanced, honeyed fruit taste with slightly tart skins to balance it out. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 Served up, orange and lime keep things tart, balancing any sweetness imparted by the house grenadine and blackberry. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mellwood restaurant is blowing up Louisville's food scene with New American fusion," 19 Feb. 2020 Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake Pastry whiz Fran Costigan’s combination of chocolate and dried cranberries offers that perfect combination of sweet and tart. oregonlive, "19 baking recipes you can make while you’re stuck at home," 3 Apr. 2020 Crisp, juicy, sweet, and tart, with a yearlong shelf life and glorious good looks, the Cosmic Crisp apple aims to be everything to everyone. Popular Science, "Make the most out of the latest, greatest apple—the Cosmic Crisp," 10 Feb. 2020 Crepes were great - light with lingonberry jam, a nice balance of sweet and tart. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Der Braumeister: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pissaladières are caramelized onion tarts with olives and anchovies. Saveur, "Savory Tarts," 15 May 2020 Standout pastry: Sunshine citrus tart with cardamom pastry cream, $5. oregonlive, "Sweet excursions: A dozen delicious bakeries in the Portland suburbs," 13 Feb. 2020 Each perfect tart holds within it a revelatory kind of beauty. Mark Kurlyandchik, Freep.com, "Chef of the Year: Warda Bouguettaya owner of a Detroit patisserie," 11 Feb. 2020 Like everything else at the Fells Point bakery, the $8 tart looks almost too pretty to eat. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "11 pumpkin foods to eat in the Baltimore area right now," 15 Oct. 2019 This tantalizing tart makes for a delicious weekend brunch option. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Marinated Squash Tart," 5 Aug. 2019 But its dialogue sometimes sings, especially the tart and toothsome one-liners offered up to Daddario, Hasson, and Forsyth, each forced to face off against male counterparts who rarely have as much of a chance to partake in all the wisecracking. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) via VOD and Netflix this weekend," 10 Apr. 2020 For sweeter options, Easter cupcakes and carrot cake cupcakes are on offer as are bake-at-home shortbread cookies, tarts and pies. Ramona Saviss, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where to Order Easter Brunch and Dinner in Los Angeles," 3 Apr. 2020 The week’s most popular dishes include Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for apple pie from Circus bakery in Paris (above); Melissa Clark’s asparagus, goat cheese and tarragon tart; and Alison Roman’s pork noodle soup with ginger and toasted garlic. New York Times, "People Are Loving This Apple Pie," 14 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of tart was before the 12th century

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“Tart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tart. Accessed 27 May. 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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