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[pey-stree] /ˈpeɪ stri/
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.
Origin of pastry
1530-40; paste + -ry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pastries
  • 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.
  • Using a pizza stone beneath your baking sheet boosts the heat under the pastries, helping them puff.
  • The buns, along with a wide range of pastries and breads, are made on premises.
  • Guest amenities include complimentary daily newspaper, hot drinks and pastries.
  • Dessert might be a cheese dumpling or one of several kinds of pastries.
  • The first violinists sat around a table drinking sparkling wine and eating pastries.
  • Also, some of our pastries tend to disappear into pocketbooks or pockets.
British Dictionary definitions for pastries


noun (pl) -tries
a dough of flour, water, shortening, and sometimes other ingredients
baked foods, such as tarts, made with this dough
an individual cake or pastry pie
Word Origin
C16: from paste1
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Word Origin and History for pastries



mid-15c., "food made with paste," not originally limited to sweets, from Middle English paste (see paste (n.)) + -ry. Probably influenced by Old French pastaierie "pastry" (Modern French pâtisserie), from pastoier "pastry cook," from paste (see paste (n.)); also borrowed from Medieval Latin pasteria "pastry," from Latin pasta. Specific sense of "small confection made of pastry" is from 1906. Pastry-cook attested from 1712.

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