There are 3 definitions of tart in English:

tart1

Syllabification: tart
Pronunciation: /tärt
 
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noun

An open pastry case containing a filling.
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  • There are bagels and muffins, chocolate chip cookies, eclairs, tarts, Danish pastries, baklavas and quiches.
  • There were also single-crusted tarts with similar fillings and tarts of apples and other fruits.
  • We had roast potatoes and cauliflower and then something like apple tart with custard for afters.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a savory pie): from Old French tarte or medieval Latin tarta, of unknown origin.

Derivatives

tartlet

noun
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  • I'll often use salad to accompany the star item, like a tartlet or a bruschetta or a mousse or a slice of terrine or what-have-you, but it is rarely a salad in its own right.
  • For an elegant light meal, I line crisp pastry tartlets with smoked salmon, fill them with warm scrambled eggs and top with a little caviar.
  • To one side of the plate, place a fig tartlet with a quenelle of rosemary creme fraiche on top.

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There are 3 definitions of tart in English:

tart2

Syllabification: tart
Pronunciation: /
 
tärt/
informal , chiefly British

noun

derogatory
1A woman who dresses or behaves in a way that is considered tasteless and sexually provocative.
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  • The suffragettes donned red lipstick as a feminist statement at a time when only tarts and actresses wore the old war paint.
  • You might get a tart calling over, ' Hello Jack, how are you ' - that sort of thing.
  • The only alibi he can provide for the night of the murder is that he was being spanked by a tart in frilly knickers.
1.1 dated A prostitute: the tarts were touting for trade

verb

[with object] (tart oneself up) Back to top  
1Dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive or eye-catching.
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  • After sleeping late, Wade and I tarted ourselves up and walked a few minutes down Cheltenham Beach to North Head where Byron and Briar were to be married.
  • Knackered already, one tarted oneself up and headed off to Blackheath to meet Chris and his girlfriend.
  • So I went and tarted myself up on Tuesday and got a new passport picture done.
1.1 (tart something up) Decorate or improve the appearance of something: the page layouts have been tarted up with cartoons
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  • An uncrossing is just an uncrossing, whether you want to tart it up in cool post modern chaos lingo is pretty meaningless.
  • In Stage 5, I take this tremendously sentimental display of family history and tart it up with lots of spaceships and cartoon characters.
  • We can only keep tarting them up so many times before they become life-expired and we need a new train.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart.

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tart3

Syllabification: tart
Pronunciation: /
 
tärt/

adjective

1Sharp or acid in taste: a tart apple
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  • This compound has a fruity flavour which, when added to the tart taste of acetic acid, gives the complex character to a good wine vinegar.
  • And the tangy apple flavour found in most Chardonnays comes primarily from malic acid, the tart acid found in apples.
  • Boyle went on to characterize acids, noting their sour or tart taste and their ability to corrode metals.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a remark or tone of voice) cutting, bitter, or sarcastic: I bit back a tart reply
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  • He has tart remarks concerning the latest Anglican commotions.
  • He looked incredulous, unoffended by her tart tone.
  • She was old enough to be Bahzell's mother, and her tart tone was so like his old nurse's that he grinned despite his tension.
Synonyms
acerbic, sharp, biting, cutting, astringent, caustic, trenchant, incisive, barbed, scathing, sarcastic, acrimonious, nasty, rude, vicious, spiteful, venomous

Origin

Old English teart 'harsh, severe', of unknown origin.

Derivatives

tartly

adverb
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  • ‘I didn't have any leftover time,’ she recalled tartly, ‘for high jinks.’
  • It's just a short squib of a post, but tartly phrased.
  • It is, as a Hentoff book title tartly puts it, ‘freedom of speech for me - but not for thee.’

tartness

noun
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  • Influences from abroad abound, with tastes such as pomegranate molasses adding a wonderfully sweet tartness to all sorts of salads, especially those featuring game, poultry, tangy cheese or grilled vegetables.
  • This produces layer upon layer of complexity, going from sweetness to tartness in a single sip that will tantalize the taste buds.
  • Undeniably sweet with a bit of tartness, it comes across as a bite of a granny smith apple, a not unpleasant taste.

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