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

The techniques modify the sweetness, acidity and texture of the fruit for results that range from tart with a slight crunchy pop to syruplike and silken. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "How to celebrate the savory side of grapes and cook with them," 26 June 2019 In the canon of Portuguese pastries, the most storied sweet is the pastéis de nata, a flaky, palm-size tart with creamy egg-custard filling. New York Times, "36 Hours in Lisbon," 19 Apr. 2018 Pinnacle Caramel Apple France Pinnacle toes a fine line between sweet and tart with its caramel apple vodka. Fox News, "5 of the world’s best flavored vodkas," 11 Dec. 2015 The artist will be there to tap a firkin of Sloth Imperial Belgian Stout cask-conditioned with tart cherries soaked in cabernet to kick things off. Anchorage Daily News, "Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use them to flavor pork or chicken, to add some floral oomph to your dressing and to add sweetness to a fig tart. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Oysters, fish and vampire mosquitoes," 26 June 2019 Cucina Sorella’s 7-inch, deep-dish pies are a refreshing departure: The crust is a marvel of crunch and flavor, making it more like a masterful Italian vegetable tart than a pizza. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 2019 Stroll the lively Santo Amaro Docks, lined with refurbished warehouses that now hold stylish restaurants, and pop into bakeries selling pastéis de nata—a Portuguese custard tart. National Geographic, "Lisbon High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 2019 At Chicago’s Smyth, chef John Shields’s menu includes a Turkish-towel gelée, a sea-lettuce pastry that smells like white truffles and tastes like matcha, a seaweed caramel tart, and a kombu ice cream Shields insists could pass for a Wendy’s Frosty. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Excellent drinks come on cloth beverage napkins, homemade pop tarts and charcuterie come from the kitchen, and in general the ambiance oozes the edge of film noir. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Bars in Charleston," 1 May 2018 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

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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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