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pastry

[pey-stree] /ˈpeɪ stri/
noun, plural pastries.
1.
a sweet baked food made of dough, especially the shortened paste used for pie crust and the like.
2.
any item of food of which such dough forms an essential part, as a pie, tart, or napoleon.
Origin of pastry
1530-1540
1530-40; paste + -ry
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  • Even the holiday meats and pastries were cooked or made ready for cooking.

  • There's only one thing left to do, there is still some champagne and some pastries left.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • This is one reason why pastries and fried foods are hard to digest.

  • I took a pair of field-glasses, and "Cherry" had a bag of pastries, which we bought on the way.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • But the days held more for Patsy than sauces and entrées and pastries; they held gossip as well.

    Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer
British Dictionary definitions for pastries

pastry

/ˈpeɪstrɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C16: from paste1
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Word Origin and History for pastries

pastry

n.

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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