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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tart
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
sour/tart (=not at all sweet)
▪ Some people prefer a slightly sour apple.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
apple
▪ She wrote to say that she likes apple tart.
▪ A white cloth was spread on the table, homemade bread and jam, a fresh apple tart.
▪ To top things off is an apple tart with caramelized walnuts, and I barely have enough room for my cappuccino.
jam
▪ Harriet played in tennis doubles and her public school boyfriends crowded in to eat her jam tarts.
▪ Members dressed up as the characters from Alice in Wonderland and had jam tarts and sandwiches in the refreshments on offer.
treacle
▪ As he took it off he remembered the sausage and treacle tart in his pocket.
▪ They were buying Eccles cakes and treacle tart and currant buns and iced tarts with bright-red cherries on top.
▪ He'd left his sausage and the square of treacle tart she'd put out for his pudding.
▪ He hoped she wouldn't find the sausage and the treacle tart.
▪ If preferred the lemon treacle tart can be completely cooked a day ahead and reheated gently just before serving.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Chill tart until ready to serve.-0-&.
▪ Cream of the crop: custard topping adds a crafty touch to Pear tart.
▪ He hoped she wouldn't find the sausage and the treacle tart.
▪ I ate my custard tart like this.
▪ That tart Kat would do for starters.
▪ They were buying Eccles cakes and treacle tart and currant buns and iced tarts with bright-red cherries on top.
▪ To use as a filling, drain the fruit and fill crepes or individual tarts.
II.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Red currants are quite tart and usually need sugar or honey.
▪ This tart citrus dressing is great on salads.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ The Cointreau adds some sweetness, but the cranberry juice is tart as well so the overall effect is a tart drink.
▪ The girl with the tart tongue?
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tart

Tart \Tart\, a. [AS. teart. [root]63. Cf. Tear, v. t.]

  1. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour; as, a tart apple.

  2. Fig.: Sharp; keen; severe; as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke.

    Why art thou tart, my brother?
    --Bunyan.

Tart

Tart \Tart\, n. [OE. tarte, F. tarte; perhaps originally the same word as tourte, LL. torta, fr. L. tortus, p. p. of torquere to twist, bend, wind, because tarts were originally made of a twisted shape. Cf. Torture, n.] A species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
tart

"having a sharp taste," 1520s, also attested once, obscurely, from late 14c., perhaps from Old English teart "painful, sharp, severe, rough" (in reference to punishment, pain, suffering), from Germanic *ter-t-, from PIE *der- (2) "to split, flay, peel" (see tear (v.1)), but the gap in the record is unexplained. Figurative use, with reference to words, speech, etc., is attested from c.1600. Related: Tartly; tartness, both also absent in Middle English.

tart

"small pie," late 14c., from Old French tarte "flat, open-topped pastry" (13c.), possibly an alteration of torte, from Late Latin torta "round loaf of bread" (in Medieval Latin "a cake, tart"), perhaps from past participle of torquere "to twist."

tart

1887, "prostitute, immoral woman," from earlier use as a term of endearment to a girl or woman (1864), sometimes said to be a shortening of sweetheart. But another theory traces it to jam-tart (see tart (n.1)), which was British slang early 19c. for "attractive woman." Diminutive tartlet attested from 1890. To tart (something) up is from 1938. Related: Tarted.

Wiktionary
tart

Etymology 1

  1. 1 Sharp to the taste; acid; sour. 2 (context of wine English) high or too high in acidity. 3 (context figuratively English) Sharp; keen; severe. Etymology 2

    n. A type of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie. Etymology 3

    n. 1 (context British slang English) A prostitute. 2 (context British slang derogatory English) By extension, any woman with loose sexual morals. v

  2. 1 To practice prostitution 2 To practice promiscuous sex 3 To dress garishly, ostentatiously, whorish,or slutty

WordNet
tart
  1. adj. tasting sour like a lemon [syn: lemony, lemonlike, sourish, tangy]

  2. harsh; "sharp criticism"; "a sharp-worded exchange"; "a tart remark" [syn: sharp, sharp-worded]

tart
  1. n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: prostitute, cocotte, whore, harlot, bawd, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street]

  2. a small open pie with a fruit filling

  3. pastry cup with a filling of fruit or custard and no top crust

Wikipedia
Tart (film)

Tart is a 2001 coming of age film starring Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, and Brad Renfro.

Tart (disambiguation)

A tart is a pastry dish, usually sweet in flavor, with an open top.

Tart may also mean:

Tart

A tart is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; an example would be egg tarts. Examples of tarts include jam tarts, which may be different colours depending on the flavour of the jam used to fill them, and the Bakewell tart.

The categories of 'tart', ' flan', ' quiche', and ' pie' overlap, with no sharp distinctions. The French word tarte can be translated to mean either pie or tart, as both are mainly the same with the exception of a pie usually covering the filling in pastry, while flans and tarts leave it open. Tarts are also typically free-standing with firm pastry, thick filling, and perpendicular sides while pies may have softer pastry, looser filling, and sloped sides, necessitating service from the pie plate. The Italian crostata, dating to at least the mid-15th century, has been described as a "rustic free-form version of an open fruit tart".

Early medieval tarts generally had meat fillings, but later ones were often based on fruit and custard.

Tarte Tatin is an upside-down tart, of apples, other fruit, or onions.

Savoury tarts include quiche, a family of savoury tarts with a mostly custard filling; German Zwiebelkuchen 'onion tart', and Swiss cheese tart made from Gruyere.

Usage examples of "tart".

Miss Robinson and the schoolmistress, he ate: julienne soup, baked and roast meats with suitable accompaniments, two pieces of a tart made of macaroons, butter-cream, chocolate, jam and marzipan, and lastly excellent cheese and pumpernickel.

All the time, he fed her, and himself, bits of cold smoked venison, hard cheese, oat cake, and bannock, even tart cherries, all washed down with cold ale.

The sauce was most greene and tart, with Pistacke, Nuttes pownded, Sugar, Cypricum, Amylum, and Muske, Time, white Marioram, and Pepper.

Hawk stands two foot taller than most, a black giant with Maori markings on his phiz and a young tart on his arm with a magpie nested in her hat.

Tim and his noble guests dawdled over their postprandial wines and cordials in the lamplit dining chamber, tall bonfires threw leaping, dancing shadows in both main and rear courtyards, where lancers and dragoons, Ahrmehnee and Kindred milled and laughed and shouted, gorging themselves on coarse bread and dripping chunks carved from the whole oxen slowly revolving on the spits, guzzling tankards of foaming beer, tart cider and watered wine.

Beales, the cook who had worked in the home of her childhood, Darcie remembered the tray of cold meat and cheese, the sweet tarts, the hot coffee, always at the ready should Steppy return from work late in the night.

Since yesterday morning when Joe brought the bad news about Lucien to All Tarted Up, his mood had made a steady downward progress.

All Tarted Up were strung out and waiting for something major to happen.

So I got Hugh cornered by a plate of my amethyst tarts -- grape jelly in feathery wee tartlets and just a touch of whipped cream -- and told him what had happened.

There, seated at a table with the Right Touch staff, Stark had eaten a surprising quantity of the tortellini and asparagus tarts that had cost him so dearly.

Then the pressure around me and in me was relieved as I felt the tart freshness of uncontaminated air around me and the smell was gone from my nose and throat and lungs.

But there was no whortleberry jam and only a small bowl of cream to go with the gooseberry tart.

Mor Crumb was eating a handful of bright yellow, exceedingly tart appleberries when Klinglanders descended on their camp.

With china-oranges and tarts And whinning plays, lay baits for hearts?

Meats, cheeses, breads, tarts, berries and nuts weighed heavy in the full basket and Faith saw to arranging the mouthwatering fare on the table.