tartar
Pronunciation
  • (America) enPR: tärʹ-tər, IPA: /ˈtɑɹ.tɚ/
  • (RP) enPR: tärʹ-tər, IPA: /ˈtɑː.tə/
Noun

tartar

  1. A red compound deposited during wine making; mostly potassium hydrogen tartrate - a source of cream of tartar.
  2. A hard yellow deposit on the teeth.
Translations Noun

tartar (plural tartars)

  1. (dated) A fearsome or angrily violent person.
    • 1929, Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse, New York: Vintage, 1972, Chapter 3, p. 28,
      Mrs. Begg said she liked Mrs. Dain, who was a sensible woman and a first-rate housewife, but that Gabrielle was a tartar.

Tartar
Noun

tartar (plural tartars)

  1. Alternative spelling of Tatar
  2. A member of the various tribes and their descendants of Tartary, such as Turks, Mongols and Manchus.
    • Marco Polo, Henry Yule, The Travels of Marco Polo, book 1, chapter 13:
      Persia is a great country, which was in old times very illustrious and powerful; but now the Tartars have wasted and destroyed it.
  3. (figurative, dated) A person of a keen, irritable temper.
Adjective

tartar

  1. Of or relating to the people or culture of Tartars.
    Tartar customs
Proper noun
  1. One of the tributaries of the Kura River, mostly flowing through the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Translations
  • Russian: Терте́р



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