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


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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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

Big sis Kendall also showed up with her man candy Ben Simmons, continuing her lime green holiday theme in a neon milkmaid top and leather pants. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner’s New Year’s Eve Outfit Flaunted Major Boob," 2 Jan. 2019 Try a creepy twist on the traditional candy apple (thanks to black food coloring!) for a treat your guests won't soon forget. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 The Nokia 3310 3G phone is a classic candy-bar phone that comes in fun colors. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Phones for Kids," 8 Nov. 2018 Now compare that with 1,600 empty calories, which roughly equals 1 candy bar, 1 bag of potato chips, 1 fast food cheeseburger, and a small chocolate shake. Joy Bauer, Woman's Day, "How to Stay Full on Fewer Calories," 16 Aug. 2018 The house, the candy store, the schoolyard and nearly everything else that my father might have remembered were, indeed, gone. Kevin Riordan,, "Visiting my father's birthplace in Wales, and feeling at home in a place I'd never been," 25 June 2018 So sit back, grab some candy, and join us for another year of putting sweet Andy through some good spirited torture. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Ellen DeGeneres Just Released Her Annual Haunted House Video and We're Screaming," 25 Oct. 2018 The candy store sells treats from the '50s through the '90s, and offers a wide variety of collectible Pez dispensers. Becky Bracken, Real Estate News and Advice |®, "'Pawn Stars' Star Chumlee Cuts Price on His Las Vegas Party Pad," 2 Oct. 2018 Step 6 Pop the punching balloon, and fill it with candy. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Make A Pumpkin Piñata," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Farmer’s Table popular baby kale salad comes complete with fresh oranges, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, candied walnuts and a citrus vinaigrette. Carolina Gusman,, "Salad takes center stage in May at local restaurants for National Salad Month," 24 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of candy

: a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate


can·​dy | \ ˈkan-dē \
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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