A tart is small pie filled with fruit or custard, with no top crust, like the cherry tarts you bought at the bakery.

As an adjective, tart describes a sour taste, like lemon, or harsh words, like your friend's tart reply to a question that makes her mad. In the 19th century, tart was British slang for "pretty woman." Some believe it is a shortening of "sweetheart." But by the end of that century, tart described a prostitute, something many language scholars trace back to the tart that you get at the bakery.

Definitions of tart
  1. adjective
    tasting sour like a lemon
    synonyms: lemonlike, lemony, sourish, tangy
    having a sharp biting taste
  2. adjective
    “a tart remark”
    synonyms: sharp, sharp-worded
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
  3. noun
    a small open pie with a fruit filling
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    a tart filled with rich unsweetened custard; often contains other ingredients (as cheese or ham or seafood or vegetables)
    apple tart
    a small open pie filled with sliced apples and sugar
    lobster tart
    a pastry shell filled with cooked lobster
    a small tart usually used as a canape
    quiche Lorraine
    quiche made with cheese and bacon
    type of:
    dish baked in pastry-lined pan often with a pastry top
  4. noun
    a pastry cup with a filling of fruit or custard and no top crust
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    apple tart
    a tart filled with sliced apples and sugar
    type of:
    any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
  5. noun
    a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
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    call girl
    a female prostitute who can be hired by telephone
    camp follower
    a prostitute who provides service to military personnel
    comfort woman, ianfu
    a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II
    a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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