noun, plural pastries.
a sweet baked food made of dough, especially the shortened paste used for pie crust and the like.
any item of food of which such dough forms an essential part, as a pie, tart, or napoleon.

1530–40; paste + -ry Unabridged
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pastry (ˈpeɪstrɪ)
n , pl -tries
1.  a dough of flour, water, shortening, and sometimes other ingredients
2.  baked foods, such as tarts, made with this dough
3.  an individual cake or pastry pie
[C16: from paste1]

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Word Origin & History

1442, "food made with paste," not originally limited to sweets, from M.E. paste (see paste (n.)), probably influenced by O.Fr. pastaierie "pastry," from pastoier "pastry cook," from paste (see paste (n.)); also borrowed from M.L. pasteria "pastry,"
from L. pasta. Specific sense of "small confection made of pastry" is from 1906.
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Example sentences
He promised that he would never again buy food without consulting her and was
  spared from having to eat the dirt-covered pastries.
Biscuits and pastries are made from scratch here and the menu is chock-full of
  locally sourced foods.
Pricey pastries are dusted in gold, and if you are really adventurous, you can
  get a cappuccino made with camel milk.
Only breakfast: coffee and a few breads and pastries.
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