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 Rotate the tart and continue baking another 5 minutes. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Tomatoes and chipotle chiles give this hearty plate of fideo a tart and smoky taste. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2021 Roll out the dough and fit it into a 9½-inch-round plain or scalloped tart pan. Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 It’s pleasantly tart and not too sweet, with a wholly singular citrus flavor. Katie Chang, Forbes, 23 May 2021 For desserts, the tarte tropézienne is more cream puff than tart, but the Pavlova and the warm chocolate cake with white chocolate ice cream are worth every calorie. New York Eateries, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The bone-dry, tart and earthy Crabby Neighbor ($10 for 500 milliliters), pressed from crab apples and Granny Smiths, exhibits upfront acidity and a nice tannic finish. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Released every two years, the 12th version of Utopias is barrel-aged and finished with 2,000 pounds of cherries, including Michigan's Balaton fruit, coveted by foodies for their tart-sweet flavor in pies, cherry preserves and wine. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2021 The Westland is one of his biggest apples and tastes tart. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But in flipping through the book the first time, the recipe that sent me to the grocery store immediately was for a cheesy samosa tart. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 Layer phyllo into the foundation for this glamorous, seasonal tart. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 This makes enough dough for a double-crust pie using a 9-to-10-inch pie plate, plus enough for a mini tart or two. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2021 Crunchy and sweet-tart, Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 Coming together in about two hours, the tart is ideal, Kamman writes, for the final months of summer and the start of fall. Mayukh Sen, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021 The sliced strawberries require placement precision to create the beauty that is this tart. Dallas News, 3 Dec. 2020 Kamman attaches no expository headnote to this preparation, no illuminating anecdote that explains the tart’s significance to readers. Mayukh Sen, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2021 Frozen puff pastry sheets make this elegant and impressive vegetable tart easy to pull together. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021

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

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“Tart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tart. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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