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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
First recorded in 1530-40; paste + -ry Unabridged
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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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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