[ tahr-teen; French tar-teen ]
/ tɑrˈtin; French tarˈtin /
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a fancy French open-faced sandwich topped with spreadable ingredients.
a piece of bread spread with butter, jam, etc.



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Origin of tartine

First recorded in 1800–10; from French, equivalent to tart(e) + -ine diminutive suffix; tart2, -ine2
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Example sentences from the Web for tartine

  • In San Francisco, I used to wake up and go sit and read the newspaper at a café called Tartine.

  • Other places not to miss include Tartine for breakfast, Zuni Café for lunch, A16 and Delfina for dinner.

    Fresh Picks|Alfred Portale|August 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • "Ce que j'aime dans la tartine, c'est la simplicit prime-sautire da sa nature," answered Miss Shields.

    The Mark Of Cain|Andrew Lang
  • But Mildred noticed, though his voice was decidedly cross, he had cut the bread la tartine for his sister's greater convenience.

    Heriot's Choice|Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for tartine

/ (tɑːˈtiːn) /


an open sandwich, esp one with a rich or elaborate topping

Word Origin for tartine

C21: from French, diminutive of tarte tart 1
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