Definition of tart noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɑːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrt//
    Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] an open pie filled with sweet food such as fruit a strawberry tart compare flan, quiche See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  2. 2[countable] (British English, informal, disapproving) a woman who you think behaves or dresses in a way that is immoral and is intended to make men sexually excited That dress makes her look like a tart. see also tarty
  3. 3[countable] (slang) a prostitute
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 late Middle English (denoting a savoury pie): from Old French tarte or medieval Latin tarta, of unknown origin. noun senses 2 to 3 mid 19th cent.: probably an abbreviation of sweetheart.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tart