Adjective "tart" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/tɑːt/

Definitions and examples

noun

An open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling.
  1. 'Other desserts include French apple tarts, New York cheesecake, and praline imperial.'
  2. 'We use pastry trimmings for our tarts, as the pastry rises less and gives a fine, crisp finish.'
  3. 'We end with Chinese egg custard tart, not too sweet, and very, very light.'
  4. 'There are bagels and muffins, chocolate chip cookies, eclairs, tarts, Danish pastries, baklavas and quiches.'
  5. 'Dessert was a further roll-call of tradition and included lemon tart, apple crumble, apple tart, banoffi pie, praline cake and creme caramel.'
  6. 'We shared a pudding - home-made apple tart with vanilla ice cream and blueberry sauce.'
  7. 'Only one dessert - a pumpkin-meringue tart at war with itself - misfires.'
  8. 'We skipped dessert which included pear tart, Italian summer pudding (there's optimism for you) and tirami su.'
  9. 'They can also be shredded into scones or bread to add a gorgeous yellow colour, or added to savoury tarts, sweet buns or sponge puddings.'
  10. 'I liked the apple tart (with a rich buttery crust and fresh pecan ice cream), and the intensely caramelized Mexican tres leche torte.'

adjective

Sharp or acid in taste.
  1. 'And it was crisp and sweet without being cloying, although I like slightly tart apples as well.'
  2. 'And the tangy apple flavour found in most Chardonnays comes primarily from malic acid, the tart acid found in apples.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The pork was beautifully cooked, but the soft Bramley apple slices were very tart and not to my taste.'
  5. 'This recipe keeps the purée very tart and sharp.'
  6. 'My mother made an amazing apple pie, and we use her recipe, tart and lemony with a piled-high top crust.'
  7. 'One of our choices was an apple crumble, which brilliantly combined sweet and tart tastes, together with vanilla parfait and toffee sauce.'
  8. 'It's a medium to large, red- and green-striped fruit with a crisp, juicy, sweetly tart taste.'
  9. 'Need I say that the inch-thick portions were crusty brown on the outside, rosy pink on the inside, steaming from the warmer, speckled with tart dabs of fresh horseradish?'
  10. 'Hawthorns are loved for their sweet, tart taste which can improve the appetite, help digestion and aid in weight reduction.'
  11. 'a tart reply'
  12. 'On his way out, Zossimov makes a tart remark about Dounia's attractiveness to Razumihin.'
  13. 'From the 19 June Observer magazine ‘Up Front’ profile of Carey, a few tart observations.'
  14. 'You might get a tart calling over, ‘Hello Jack, how are you’ - that sort of thing - and sidle over alongside.'
  15. 'My daughter had rung the ward concerned but got a very tart response as she was not a relative, even though she had been authorised by the husband to take this step.'
  16. '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.'
  17. 'Here she was, so recently subjected to tart commentary in a select committee, but willing to demonstrate exactly the kind of fiscal responsibility that this country needs right now.'
  18. 'He looked incredulous, unoffended by her tart tone.'
  19. 'Over the past two or three elections, I was the victim of the UNC leader's tart tongue.'
  20. 'Danny's hands flew to his head self-consciously, the shrill ringing of his phone saving Alyssa from a tart response.'

Definitions

1. sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie.Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant.Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.

2. sharp in character, spirit, or expression; cutting; biting: a tart remark.Synonyms: sarcastic, barbed, caustic, acerbic, acrimonious.Antonyms: sweet, kind, gentle, gracious, benign.

More examples(as adjective)

"mistletoes can be tart with sperms."

"flavours can be tart in regions."

"flavours can be tart."

"tins can be tart."

"responses can be tart."

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Origin

(tart)Old English teart ‘harsh, severe’, of unknown origin.