candy

noun
can·dy | \ ˈkan-dē \
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

candy

verb
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

Noun

candy adjective

Synonyms for candy

Synonyms: Verb

dress up, enhance, sweeten

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Examples of candy in a Sentence

Noun

The cough syrup tastes like candy.

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The future of the country’s oldest continuously operating candy company remains uncertain beyond November, when its lease at its Revere headquarters is scheduled to expire. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments," 12 July 2018 Both ballrooms held several dozen display tables and every presenter offered the usual candy, cookies, pens, koozies and brochures. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 The candy company also took to Twitter to congratulate the pair on their engagement. USA TODAY, "Twitter roasted this man for eating a Kit Kat bar wrong, so he used one to propose," 5 July 2018 Also new at Oxmoor Center this month, Lolli and Pops, a premium candy company which sells confections from around the world. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This new store at Oxmoor Center wants you to leave your shirt untucked," 15 June 2018 Often called the Mars mansion, the home was once owned by Frank Mars, who founded the candy company bearing his name, and his wife Ethel. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "'Significant properties': Historic commission seeks ways to preserve River Forest homes," 14 June 2018 Necco, which is headquartered in Revere, Mass., calls itself America’s oldest candy company and has been in operation since 1847. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "A Sweetheart Deal: Hostess Cupcakes' Savior Buys Maker of Necco Wafers and Candy Hearts," 1 June 2018 But as the years passed, according to Antolini, Jarvis came to deeply resent how the card and candy companies had co-opted the holiday. Aimeé Lutkin, Glamour, "Mother's Day Actually Has a Deep History of Activism," 12 May 2018 Jonathan also spoke with Cameron Crise, Macro Strategist for Bloomberg, and Romaine Bostick, editor of our Bloomberg Top Live blog, about NAFTA, Elon Musk starting a candy company, and the week ahead. Bloomberg.com, "The Cable - Oil, NAFTA & Musk," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Burgers like the Abe Froman topped with knockwurst, The Sophia Loren with mozzarella and artichoke pesto and The G.O.A.T. with goat cheese and spicy candied bacon, all served on pretzel buns. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Notes of candied fruit, lemon-lime and apple lead to a crisp, clean finish in this wine, which clocks in at 13.4 percent alcohol. $18 2017 Rove Estate Unoaked Chardonnay. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Chaos Emeralds pours a cloudy light yellow, gets candied mango notes from Galaxy and Mosaic hops, and is absolutely delicious. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 The sugar lightly candies the stalks, helping them keep their shape while sweetening their intense tartness. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Rhubarb Shows Off Its Stripes," 11 May 2018 Desserts include butterscotch banana cream pie, candied almond tosca (cake) and s’mores bread pudding. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 Her stunning desserts range from a late-winter Pavlova with yuzu, candied Buddha hand, and bergamot ice cream to milk chocolate ganache with miso, banana pudding, sesame nougatine, and pine-nut ice cream. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "10 women pastry chefs you should know in the Boston area," 22 Mar. 2018 Dulce de leche, candied cocoa nibs and dark chocolate glacage create this beaut. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Treat your sweet tooth with these extravagant desserts," 17 Nov. 2017 That’s thick-cut, candied bacon on a clothesline with a sprig of burning rosemary smoldering underneath. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Turnaround Artist Dave Clawson and Wake Forest Are Cooking With Gas Now," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of candy

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for candy

Noun

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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candy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of candy

: a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate

candy

noun
can·dy | \ ˈkan-dē \
plural candies

Kids Definition of candy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet made of sugar often with flavoring and filling

candy

verb
candied; candying

Kids Definition of candy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or become coated with sugar often by cooking

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