There are 3 definitions of tart in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɑːt
 
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noun

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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.

Origin

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

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noun
a small amount; a little

There are 3 definitions of tart in English:

tart2

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Pronunciation: /tɑːt
 
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informal , chiefly British

noun

derogatory
  • 1A woman who dresses or behaves in a way that is considered tasteless and sexually provocative: she wears skirts this short all the time—she’s such a tart
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    • His affair with that posh tart has finally done for him.
    • The affairs had continued over the years - one silly tart after another.
    • My bet is they pigeonhole girls just like they always did, as nice girls or tarts.
  • 1.1 dated A prostitute: the tarts were touting for trade
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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.

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  • 1 [with object] (tart oneself up) Dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive: she came back only to tart herself up for the next evening
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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.
    Synonyms
    dress oneself up, make oneself up, smarten oneself up, preen oneself, beautify oneself, groom oneself
    informal doll oneself up, titivate oneself
  • 1.1 (tart something up) Improve the appearance of something, typically in a way regarded as flashy or superficial: the page layouts have been tarted up with cartoons she tarted up the buckle with some sequins
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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.
    Synonyms
    decorate, renovate, refurbish, redecorate, retouch, modernize; smarten up
    informal do up, do over, fix up, give something a facelift
  • 2 [with object] (tart about (or around)) (Especially of a girl or woman) behave in a provocative or flamboyant way: she tarted around the room in one of Georgie’s dresses
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    • I tend to like people who have energy and like to tart around a bit.
    • Fed and watered, we set off again, after a bit of tarting around in the car park.
    • Until recently, she was tarting around with the sleazy rapper.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart.

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tart3

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Pronunciation: /tɑːt
 
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adjective

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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.

Origin

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

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