- An open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling: an apple tartMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
late Middle English (denoting a savoury pie): from Old French tarte or medieval Latin tarta, of unknown origin.
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- 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 tartMore example sentences
- 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 tradeMore example sentences
- 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 eveningMore example sentences
- 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) 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 sequinsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 dressesMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 19th century: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart.
- 1Sharp or acid in taste: a tart appleMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a remark or tone of voice) cutting, bitter, or sarcastic: a tart replyMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.’
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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.
Old English teart 'harsh, severe', of unknown origin.