\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Palomas are sweet and tart and bright and preternaturally refreshing, a worthy match for the pitiless heat of the Mexican summer, and deployed in great numbers whenever a little reprieve is in order. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 The special yeast used in this beer produces a measure of lactic acid yielding a tart and refreshing finish, according to Brewmaster Jerry Gnagy. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 8 Dec. 2021 Soon his wife, Pat, joined the effort for what became a tart and sweet Gore family project. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Tucked into a warm pita with lettuce and a generous drizzle of cacik (a housemade yogurt dip infused with mint, garlic, dill and cucumber), the slices are a sensuous swirl of savory, tart and herbal flavors, impossible to separate in a single bite. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Tangerine and clementine orange notes, small red fruits, tart and fresh with good mouthwatering acid, slightly tropical: guava and pineapple. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 That legacy lives on in Sweden's vörtlimpa: Limpa means loaf, while vört refers to a tart dose of brewer's wort. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Its brisk acidity and flavors like tart pineapple and German chamomile will revive you after a day spent working in the garden. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Despite the rain that day, a steady stream of customers stopped by for fat wedges of coconut cake with tart lemon filling, ample slices of yellow cake frosted with chocolate, and classic sweet potato pie. Lou Bustamante, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ludivine loves the croissants and pear amandine tart. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Dessert, choice of one, warm flourless chocolate cake, vanilla crème brûlée, pistachio macaron cake, key lime tart. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 11 Apr. 2022 Lime Tartlets with Orange Blossom Cream and Toasted Fennel Emily Rosenberg, a pastry sous chef at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, adds toasted fennel seeds to give the tart a subtle crunch. Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 For a throwback snack, try the pop tart, made with real fruit and iced with vegan cream cheese. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 29 Mar. 2022 Assemble the tart: Fill cooled pie crust with roasted onions. Joshua David Stein, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Was there enough room left for an apple tart, the slices laid out in a fan shape on a circle of pastry and topped with vanilla gelato? Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 7 Mar. 2022 For this tart, which Dorie Greenspan adapted from Jean-Marie Desfontaines of the Paris patisserie Rollet Pradier, there’s no zesting or juicing a number of lemons. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Desserts include coconut cake, oatmeal cookie, lemon curb and chocolate tart. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for tart


\ 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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