\ 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

Other Words from tart


tartish \ ˈtär-​tish How to pronounce tart (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 The beverage's sweet and tart flavor (a combination of orange and tangerine fruit juices) didn't go anywhere, though. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Flavor variations include: Classic: With bright, vibrant citrus flavor, sipMARGS Classic sparkling margarita is equally tart and sweet with a taste reminiscent of your favorite margarita cocktail. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Margaret Cho, whose Margot is Andrea’s sidekick/Greek chorus, is refreshingly tart. John Anderson, WSJ, 22 June 2021 Japanese pickles, or tsukemono, are made in a vinegar brine and tend to be quite tart and mildly salty. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2021 Pickle juice is tart and tangy and may have some health benefits. Washington Post, 1 May 2021 The Chill Berry plain flavor is pleasingly tart and went well with fresh blueberries and strawberries. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 Ignore that: Lime’s malic finish is too tart and threatens to derail the whole project. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 Try combining it with water for a less tart, more satisfying sip. Health.com, 28 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This pretty northern town with its stone houses straight out of a storybook is synonymous with the Bakewell tart, a delicious jam pudding that was invented here about 200 years ago. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2021 Stout wanted a vegetarian main course on par with the rest of his menu, and the North Carolina native has it with a tomato tart that uses as its base an herbed biscuit, in which summery pesto and buttery burrata also add their charms. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 This makes a very large open-faced tart with a very flaky, shattering-crisp crust. David Tanis, New York Times, 2 July 2021 And speaking of figs (fanned over a tart with mascarpone cream and cooked with tamarind into ketchup), Julie Giuffrida gathers nine recipes as an ode to the end of summer. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 The prints are strangely beguiling and a little tart. oregonlive, 19 Oct. 2021 But Rancho Gordo beans still make an appearance as a mousse on a vegetarian chilapita, a tart made from masa dough. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2021 For a Scandinavian twist on a classic apple tart, lay apple slices on top of an almond and brown cheese filling. David Nikel, Forbes, 20 May 2021 But in flipping through the book the first time, the recipe that sent me to the grocery store immediately was for a cheesy samosa tart. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021

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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 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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