can·​dy | \ ˈkan-dē How to pronounce candy (audio) \
plural candies

Definition of candy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : crystallized sugar formed by boiling down sugar syrup
2a : a confection made with sugar and often flavoring and filling
b : a piece of such confection
3 : something that is pleasant or appealing in a light or frivolous way visual candy


candied; candying

Definition of candy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to encrust in or coat with sugar specifically : to cook (something, such as fruit or fruit peel) in a heavy syrup until glazed
2 : to make attractive : sweeten candying up the duke's reputation
3 : to crystallize into sugar

intransitive verb

: to become coated or encrusted with sugar crystals : become crystallized into sugar

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Other Words from candy


candy adjective

Synonyms for candy

Synonyms: Verb

dress up, enhance, sweeten

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Examples of candy in a Sentence


The cough syrup tastes like candy.


the publisher hopes the flashy cover will candy up the novel for impulse buyers

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Verge spoke to Saltzstein about the nuclear triathlon and how nuclear fuel is basically Pez candy. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Have nuclear fuel transportation cask, will travel," 3 Aug. 2018 Plus licorice is probably the most goth candy around. Marian Bull And Samuel Hine, GQ, "This $28 Burger Is the Cheapest Rick Owens Item You Can Buy," 22 May 2018 The company makes Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, which a 2017 poll found to be America's favorite Easter candy, followed by Easter M&M's and Jelly Belly jelly beans. Mary Forgione,, "Love Easter candy? Visit five sweet spots where treats are made," 23 Mar. 2018 Yes, the flavors of peanuts and salt were stronger than in the original candy. Woman's Day, "We Tried the New Reese's Cup Made Strictly For Peanut Butter Lovers," 27 Mar. 2019 Kate Middleton also asked George about the candy in his hand. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Her Nickname for Princess Charlotte While Visiting Northern Ireland," 1 Mar. 2019 Go cold turkey on airport retail Just like the candy and treats dangerously close to the register at the grocery store, airside retail can be a temptation, Button says. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Buy a Souvenir You Won't Regret," 19 Sep. 2018 Some other kids bought the candy and resold it for $12, keeping the difference. Robin Abrahams,, "Advice: Kids these days? They mark up fund-raiser candy and pocket the difference," 14 June 2018 Keri Lumm shares the candy of choice for the royal wedding photographer. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Love Meghan Markle's beagle? This shirt raises money for Guy's shelter," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That weekend, nausea is my near-constant companion, and ginger its only foil, candied, in cookies and gum all day long. Daphne Beal, Vogue, "After One Writer Finds Out She Has a Brain Tumor, She Confronts It Head On," 10 Aug. 2018 This was a barley salad served in a big white bowl with arugula and bits of butternut squash, candied walnuts, and Craisins (dried cranberries)., "A new addition to the Newburyport restaurant scene," 1 June 2018 Or top it with crushed cookies, candied nuts, jammy cherries — something for everyone at your holiday table. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "For a different Thanksgiving dessert, swap pie for parfaits," 13 Nov. 2018 Few desserts are as refreshing as the viola and rue sorbet with its pale lavender color and its garnish of sunflower butter, candied kumquats and granola. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Perennial makes environmental activism taste good," 25 May 2018 Place lettuce and peaches on plate and top with dressing and candied pecans. Lauren Delgado,, "Where to pick peaches in Central Florida," 16 Apr. 2018 Add pinch of cayenne pepper and garnish with a lemon slice and candied ginger. Ann Maloney,, "#AlcoholFreeFor40: Mocktails made easy at New Orleans bars, restaurants," 20 Feb. 2018 With five flavors currently on the market, including lemon-mandarin and pink lemonade, the chews combine a fruit-flavored base and candied piece fruit. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids," 5 Oct. 2018 The nose is immediately fresh and beguiling, with notes of candied lemon, citrus flowers and subtle hints of spice. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Forget Rosé: These Are the Wines You Need to Be Sipping," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of candy


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for candy


Middle English sugre candy, partial translation of Middle French sucre candi, from Old French sucre sugar + Arabic qandī candied, from qand crystallized sugar

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The first known use of candy was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of candy

US : a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate


can·​dy | \ ˈkan-dē How to pronounce candy (audio) \
plural candies

Kids Definition of candy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet made of sugar often with flavoring and filling


candied; candying

Kids Definition of candy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or become coated with sugar often by cooking

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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