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 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 This one falls somewhere in between, with the sweet crunch of the sugared covering blending with thick, dark tart flavor of strawberries and cooked balsamic vinegar. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Her family had a cabinet full of fresh and dried plants for creating home remedies, such as tart cherry schnapps, which is prized for its immune-boosting benefits. New York Times, "From Northern California, Farm-Fresh Skin Care," 31 Dec. 2020 Cranberries add a colorful tart punch to the typical shallot mignonette topping. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "7 Ways with Oysters for New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 For kids, who are allowed, non-drinkers, or for those gearing up for a Dry January, fruity and tart mocktails are options to keep everyone feeling included. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "New Dallas tiki restaurant Swizzle offers escapism as well as an education on island cultures," 30 Dec. 2020 The Cleveland brewery joins forces with the Cleveland Browns to release Muni, a Hazy Session India Pale Ale, and also releases Fruit Hoops, a tart ale, in cereal-box packaging. Marc Bona, cleveland, "2020’s biggest beer stories in Northeast Ohio," 28 Dec. 2020 Whip them up into a creamy, tart lemon meringue pie. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "30 Holiday Desserts to Win Your Virtual Bake-Off," 25 Dec. 2020 The pomegranate fruit, with a crimson skin that peels open to reveal ruby-red pearls of tart juice, carries ancient symbolism of fullness and fertility. NOLA.com, "Fruit of paradise is a motif in many world religions, and a potent symbol at Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020 Offer tart sorbet, such as lemon or blood orange, along with crisp cookies for dessert. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Need a holiday entree to share remotely? Few dishes beat beef short ribs for festivity and reheatability.," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Strawberry & Greens was inspired by a strawberry rhubarb tart from Sarah’s childhood. Rachel King, Fortune, "Changing the plant-based food industry one spoon at a time," 7 Feb. 2021 The heat-and-serve takeout option ($150, serves two) features crab-spinach dip, salad, a choice of filet mignon or lobster tail, twice-baked potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls and a chocolate cheesecake tart. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner, brunch and takeout at these Twin Cities restaurants," 29 Jan. 2021 With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash over the surface of the tart. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "This savory meat pie is a cheery indulgence for Christmas Eve," 18 Dec. 2020 If this is your first time preparing Thanksgiving, keep it simple: a pan-roasted turkey breast slathered in herb butter, Brussels sprouts roasted with craisins and balsamic vinegar and for dessert, a flaky apple tart made with frozen puff pastry. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Turkey for two? A rookie’s guide to a homemade Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2020 Known at City Hall for his tart, sometimes dismissive remarks, Englander was more conservative than most of his colleagues. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, "Ex-L.A. Councilman Englander sentenced to prison in City Hall corruption case," 25 Jan. 2021 There’s a lemon tart eaten in the garden of the Musée Rodin and, later, a lemon meringue pie. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "A Lemon Meringue Cookie Good Enough to Be Imaginary," 25 Nov. 2020 An intricate apple rosette tart filled with almond cream and apple compote runs $45 and serves eight. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ring in 2021 with a European flair," 29 Dec. 2020 Every one, especially the onion tart, was still pitch perfect. Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times, "This French Onion Tart Is a Straight-Up Classic," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for tart

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

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2021

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“Tart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tart. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for tart

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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