torte [tawrt; German taw-t r uh] Word Origin noun, plural tortes , [tawrts] /tɔrts/ German tor·ten . [ taw-tn] r /ˈtɔr tn/ a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour, usually made with eggs and ground nuts or bread crumbs. Origin of torte 1955–60;
) round loaf (of bread), probably feminine of
), with VL lengthening of
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British Dictionary definitions for torten a rich cake, originating in Austria, usually decorated or filled with cream, fruit, nuts, and jam Word Origin
C16: ultimately perhaps from Late Latin
tōrta a round loaf, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for torten torte n.
"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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