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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.]
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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
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[ˈtɑːtnɪs] N
1. [of flavour, fruit] → acidez f
2. (fig) → aspereza f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈtɑːtnɪs] n (of fruit) → asprezza, agro; (of remark) → asprezza, causticità f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(taːt) adjective
sharp or sour in taste. These apples taste rather tart.
ˈtartly adverb
ˈtartness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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.
"We wanted something lightly carbonated, where the tonic is a sweet tartness to cut the body of the cold brew," he says.
In Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers, Margaret Feinberg invites her readers through storytelling and the sharing of recipes to experience God through the sense of taste, often neglected as a way to encounter the divine--despite that it is in the tartness of fermented grapes and the yeasty tang of baked bread that we receive Christ into our bodies weekly.
You'll note the elegant balance of tartness and sweetness, sour cherry and citrus flavors, all sheathed in a deceptively rich, even heavy mouthfeel.
This had juicy cherry fruit across the palate from the gamay chaudenay variety, showing a little tartness initially and then plenty of oomph on the nose as it developed in the glass.
Chopped pickled jalape[+ or -]os and some of their juice add acid to the refried beans, and slices of pepper jack cheese add richness plus another hit of spice and tartness.
The tartness of rhubarb blends well with the sweet blandness of mulberries.
RASPBERRY FRUIT BEER PS2, Marks & Spencer A light blonde ale blended with English Raspberry juice to create a refreshing, fruity drink with a subtle tartness. A perfect match with Moroccan dishes or a helping of summer pudding.
RASPBERRY FRUIT BEER PS2, Marks & Spencer Umbrel A light blonde ale blended with English Raspberry juice to create a refreshing, fruity drink with a subtle tartness. A perfect match with Moroccan dishes or a helping of summer pudding.
Its flavour is pleasant and rich and tastes sweet with a mild tartness. A high-quality mango fruit should feature no or very less fibre composition and minimal tartness.