n. pl. pas·tries
1. Dough or paste consisting primarily of shortening or another fatty substance mixed with flour and water, often baked and used as a crust for sweet foods such as pies and tarts.
a. Baked sweet foods made with pastry: Viennese pastry.
b. One of these baked foods.
3. Informal A sweet baked good.
[Middle English pastree, from paste, paste, dough; see PASTE1.]
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