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tart 1

adj. tart·er, tart·est
1. Having a sharp pungent taste; sour. See Synonyms at sour.
2. Sharp or bitter in tone or meaning; cutting.

[Middle English, from Old English teart, severe; see der- in Indo-European roots.]

tart′ly adv.
tart′ness n.

tart 2

a. A pastry shell with shallow sides, no top crust, and any of various fillings.
b. Chiefly British A pie.
a. A prostitute.
b. A woman considered to be sexually promiscuous.
tr.v. tart·ed, tart·ing, tarts Chiefly British
To dress up or make fancy in a tawdry, garish way. Often used with up.

[Middle English tarte, from Old French, probably variant of tourte, from Late Latin tōrta, a kind of bread; see tortilla.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tartness - the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
acidulousness, acidity - the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
2.tartness - a sharp sour tastetartness - a sharp sour taste      
acidity, sourness, sour - the property of being acidic
3.tartness - a rough and bitter mannertartness - a rough and bitter manner    
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition


[ˈtɑːtnɪs] N
1. [of flavour, fruit] → acidez f
2. (fig) → aspereza f


(of flavour, wine)Herbheit f, → Säure f (pej); (of fruit)Säure f
(fig, of remark, manner) → Schärfe f; (of humour)Beißende(s) nt; (of person)Schroffheit f


[ˈtɑːtnɪs] n (of fruit) → asprezza, agro; (of remark) → asprezza, causticità f inv


(taːt) adjective
sharp or sour in taste. These apples taste rather tart.
ˈtartly adverb
ˈtartness noun
References in classic literature ?
It is an act of very great impertinence, sir; and therefore I beg you will ask nothing about it, for your curiosity will not be gratified,' replied she, attempting to cover the tartness of her rebuke with a smile; but I could see, by her flushed cheek and kindling eye, that she was seriously annoyed.
Two days later Archer had assisted at the comedy of her reinstatement in the van der Luydens' favour, and had said to himself, with a touch of tartness, that a lady who knew how to thank all-powerful elderly gentlemen to such good purpose for a bunch of flowers did not need either the private consolations or the public championship of a young man of his small compass.
Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.
They loved the fragrant but delicate sourness of the lemongrass, the fresh aroma of basil, the tartness of the kaffir lime, the sweetness of cinnamon sticks and the muskiness of coriander leaves permeating the spicy sauces.
The Pork Cheek Tagliatelle with Gelderman Farms confit pork cheek and garlic with poached egg & pickled shimeji was a fairly creamy pasta with garlic as well as the light tartness of the mushrooms.
The amount of sugars and malic acid in each variety determines the balance of sweetness and tartness in the fruit.
An incomparable depth of flavour, a perfect blend of sweetness and tartness, and that unmistakeable colour.
I also really enjoyed the tartness of the raspberries coupled with the texture of the shredded coconut.
As our first foray into the citrus arena, we think the tartness of Key Lime plays a nice foil to the creaminess of our skyr," says Steve Platt, CEO of Icelandic Provisions, which has U.
If the mango was very ripe, a little tartness may be added with a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, if desired, but this is usually not needed.
After two years of research, Stonyfield has found a formula that reduces tartness and balances the sweetness of yogurt, which allows for the sugar reduction without sacrificing flavor.
Try Miguel Torres Las Mulas Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Chile (PSWaitrose) with just the right degree of tangy tartness, notes of citrus and tropical fruit and a crisp, refreshing finish.