\ 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 white wines, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region’s production of tart and flavorful white wines will offer similar taste nuances for the U.S. palate, Rogers suggests. Rachel King, Fortune, "U.S. Tariffs on French Goods Could Be a Big Opportunity for Italian Winemakers," 31 Dec. 2019 My dining companion loves her stroganoff, the brown sauce tart and creamy, the spaetzle just right. Diana Spechler, Washington Post, "For 115 years, one restaurant has fed the elite in Berlin and now Madrid. Nazis included.," 17 Dec. 2019 Middle Brow’s tart and funky wild beers, made with the fascinating Brettanomyces yeast, are reliably some of my favorites. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "With beer, pizza and pastiche, Middle Brow brewery makes Bungalow brewpub feel like home," 21 Aug. 2019 In it, aromatic notes of white pepper, tobacco, and black currant mingle with the taste of dark plums, black raspberry, French vanilla, and a subtle hint of tart black cherry. Laura Jung, Harper's BAZAAR, "72 Hours in Spanish Wine Country," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s no lack of heft in this satisfying vegetarian sandwich, which pairs the mild squash with tart apple. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Take your butternut squash appreciation above and beyond roasting with these 7 recipes," 7 Dec. 2019 Cherry farmers are asking the International Trade Commission to find that Turkey is dumping tart cherries – propped up by government subsidies – into the U.S. market under value. cleveland, "States worry SNAP crackdown could leave vulnerable hungry: The Flyover," 5 Dec. 2019 Cahaba Brewing Cahaba Brewing Company is going pink with a tart cherry and hibiscus Berliner Weisse specially brewed for the month. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Going pink: Breast cancer awareness, fundraising events in Birmingham area in October," 1 Oct. 2019 Whiskey-Pickled Cherries Makes 1 pint 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar 1/2 cup white sugar 4 whole cloves 2 ounces Irish whiskey 6 ounces tart cherries with stems, washed Combine vinegar, sugar and whole cloves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Equally impressive are the buttery slabs of fruit tart, covered with small apricots or creamy pear wedges. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "Almondine Bakery Is the Only Reason You’ll Find Me in Dumbo," 8 Jan. 2020 Brush tops of tarts with remaining egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cranberry Hand Pies," 28 Oct. 2019 Fortunately, there’s an 85°C bakery in the Diamond Jamboree mall with two kinds of very creditable egg tarts. Daily Pilot, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 6 Sep. 2019 Fortunately, there’s an 85°C bakery in the Diamond Jamboree mall with two kinds of very creditable egg tarts. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Tim Ho Wan Irvine, commuter dim sum from the Hong Kong Michelin-starred specialist," 2 Sep. 2019 And finally, a pastry case holds a stoplight of tarts: a green sweet herb pie, bright yellow lemon, and a crunchy sbrisolona, a traditional almond cake upgraded with Nutella and tart cherry jam made in Modena. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "What You Should Know About Italy’s New Food Capital," 28 July 2019 The debate over who makes the best version of these egg custard tarts is an all-consuming one. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Vacation in Portugal the Less-Obvious Way," 10 Aug. 2018 On the menu are pastries such as egg tarts, coconut buns, red bean buns and a Japanese cheesecake that’s lighter than the dense cheesecake commonly sold in the U.S. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A new ‘nanobrewery,' Pier 1 stores closing and P.F. Chang’s will come to Alaska — with a catch," 7 Dec. 2019 The bright orange gourds go into a delicious custard inside Sacre Sucre’s calabaza tart, topped off with orange marmalade and streusel made from pumpkin seeds. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "11 pumpkin foods to eat in the Baltimore area right now," 15 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tartly. Accessed 19 January 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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