[tawrt; German tawr-tuh]

noun, plural tortes [tawrts] /tɔrts/, German tor·ten [tawr-tn] /ˈtɔr tn/.

a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour, usually made with eggs and ground nuts or bread crumbs.

Nearby words

  1. torso,
  2. torso murder,
  3. torsoclusion,
  4. tort,
  5. tort-feasor,
  6. tortelier,
  7. tortellini,
  8. torten,
  9. tortes,
  10. tortfeasor

Origin of torte

1955–60; < German < Italian torta < Late Latin (Vulgate) tōrta (panis) round loaf (of bread), probably feminine of Latin tortus twisted (see tort), with VL lengthening of o (compare French tourte) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for torte

  • Torte: Two tablespoonfuls butter; two tablespoonfuls sugar; one yolk egg.

  • When the "torte" is done, spread jelly on the top and the meringue made with the reserved eggs upon the jelly.

British Dictionary definitions for torte



a rich cake, originating in Austria, usually decorated or filled with cream, fruit, nuts, and jam

Word Origin for torte

C16: ultimately perhaps from Late Latin tōrta a round loaf, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for torte



"sweet cake, tart," 1748, from German Torte; earlier sense of "round cake, round bread" (1550s) is from Middle French torte; both from Late Latin torta "flat cake," also "round loaf of bread" (cf. Italian torte, Spanish torta), probably related to tart (n.1); not considered to be from the source of tort.

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