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"tart" in American English

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tartadjective

us   /tɑrt/
  • tart adjective (SOUR)

tasting sour: I like tart, firm apples, like Granny Smiths.

tartnoun [C]

us   /tɑrt/
  • tart noun [C] (FOOD)

a small pastry with a usually sweet filling and no top: fruit tarts I ordered the blueberry tart.
(Definition of tart from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"tart" in British English

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tartnoun

uk   /tɑːt/ us   /tɑːrt/
  • tart noun (FOOD)

[C or U] an open pastry case with a filling, usually of something sweet such as fruit: apple/strawberry/custard tart
  • tart noun (WOMAN)

[C] mainlyUK very informal disapproving a woman who intentionally wears the type of clothes and make-up that attract sexual attention in a way that is too obvious
[C] old-fashioned slang a female prostitute

tartadjective

uk   /tɑːt/ us   /tɑːrt/
  • tart adjective (SOUR)

(especially of fruit) tasting sour or acidic: You might need some sugar on the rhubarb - it's a little tart.
  • tart adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

(especially of a way of speaking) quick or sharp and unpleasant: a tart remark/comment/reply
tartly
adverb uk   /ˈtɑːt.li/ us   /ˈtɑːrt.li/
"You don't seem to appreciate the situation!" she exclaimed tartly.
tartness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtɑːt.nəs/ us   /ˈtɑːrt.nəs/
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