American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.
- adj. Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.
- n. A pastry shell with shallow sides, no top crust, and any of various fillings.
- n. Chiefly British A pie.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A woman considered to be sexually promiscuous.
- v. Chiefly British To dress up or make fancy in a tawdry, garish way. Often used with up.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sharp to the taste; acidulous: as, a tart apple.
- Figuratively, sharp; keen; severe; cutting; biting: as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke.
- Synonyms Sour, caustic. See tartness.
- To make acid or piquant.
- n. A pie or piece of pastry, consisting generally of fruit baked in paste. Compare pie.
- adj. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour.
- adj. Of wine: high or too high in acidity.
- adj. figuratively Sharp; keen; severe.
- n. A type of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
- n. UK (slang) A prostitute.
- n. UK (slang, derogatory) By extension, any woman with loose sexual morals.
- v. To practice prostitution
- v. To practice promiscuous sex
- v. To dress garishly or ostentatiously
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour.
- adj. Fig.: Sharp; keen; severe.
- n. A species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
- n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
- n. a pastry cup with a filling of fruit or custard and no top crust
- adj. tasting sour like a lemon
- n. a small open pie with a fruit filling
- adj. harsh.
- From sweetheart or jam tart ("attractive woman") by shortening (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English teart, severe Middle English tarte, from Old French, perhaps alteration of tartane, from Late Latin torta, a kind of bread. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word tart comes from the Latin word _tortus_, because tarts were originally in twisted shapes, and every country seems to have adopted them into their national menus.”
“The filling for the tart is a fairly standard brownie recipe, and the same can be said for the crust, and they come together quite easily.”
“This tart is a great way to kick off your return to blogalnd!”
“If I make this again, I will use a loose-bottomed tart pan, rather than the pyrex pie pan, because the tart is a thin one - and a good thing too, as it is very sweet.”
“Yes, being a tart is a full time occupation," retorted Sharon to the retreating form.”
“Star Magazine snitches claim Rihanna allowed her allegedly abusive boyfriend Chris Brown to record several of their “intimate encounters” (Hint, Hint) and the pop tart is now petrified that the racy footage of Chris Breezy “running it” in her no-no holes will soon be exposed.”
“My favorite thing about this type of tart is that you can use just about any kind of fruit in it - berries, apples, plums, nectarines, pears, grapes, etc.”
“The tart is garnished with a generous sprinkle of chopped pistachios, which add crunch and a nice splash of green to the ruby red base beneath them.”
“The tart is filled with a simple mixture of mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil.”
“Bacon aside, the tart is made with fresh, roasted tomatoes and sweet, roasted onions.”
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