plural torten ˈtȯr-tᵊn How to pronounce torte (audio) or tortes
: a cake made with many eggs and often grated nuts or dry bread crumbs and usually covered with a rich frosting

Examples of torte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recipes for the torte, carefully handwritten in German, go back generations in my father’s family. Joan Nathan, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2024 Only my grandmother helped herself to an ambitious slice of the torte—a quietly magnanimous acknowledgement of the time and effort her youngest daughter had put into it. Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 Now in his late 40s, Gregg is constantly turning out tortes, cakes, cookies and cupcakes for friends and family, including his 93-year-old grandfather, who lives across the street from Gregg. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Buy on Amazon The Elegant But Easy Cookbook Marion Burros' book will forever deserve a place of honor among cookbook devotees because of her world famous plum torte. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 Dec. 2023 The princess cake takes its cues from the traditional domed Swedish torte. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2023 Two days later, sitting side-by-side on a couch at the Terrace bar, Mr. and Mrs. Affleck kissed, cuddled and ate chocolate torte. Karen Schneider, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 Kim layers her themes as precisely as a torte chef; her sentences burst with flavor. Hamilton Cain, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 For dessert: olive oil cake, dark chocolate torte, or soft-serve with toppings. Globe Staff,, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from German Torte, probably borrowed in part (with earlier spellings Tarte, Turte) from French tarte tart entry 2 and tourte "meat pie," in part from Italian torta "cake, tart," going back to Late Latin tōrta "round loaf" — more at tart entry 2

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of torte was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Torte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

plural tortes or torten ˈtȯrt-ᵊn How to pronounce torte (audio)
: a rich cake

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