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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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 designs, geometric abstractions and botanical patterns in candy colors, play off the natural shape and grain of the wood and highlight its imperfections., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 21 June 2019 These include benches, gazebos and pergolas that sport candy colors and cartoonish bulges. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Dickson Carroll puts fun and folly in form and function," 21 June 2019 The White House says there will be lawn games, festival vendors, a popcorn cart, a candy station, and a ferris wheel. CBS News, "Trump hosts congressional picnic amid backdrop of tensions with Iran," 21 June 2019 And an amazing grandmother (who has taught my kids not only to cook but to check candy vending machines for loose pieces). Glamour, "My Mother-in-Law Wore a Wedding Dress—To My Wedding," 20 June 2019 In my opinion, a person can never be too prepared for the holiday — there’s candy to buy, costume ideas to brainstorm, spooktacular porch decor to plan, and delightfully campy movies to watch. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Freeform's '31 Nights of Halloween'," 19 June 2019 Kids at heart can also participate in watermelon- or cotton-candy-eating competitions and belly-flop contests. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Suds & Slides: It's like summer camp for adults. With beer.," 18 June 2019 Roughly half the size of a typical Dollar General store, DGX focuses on grab-and-go items such as fountain drinks, coffee, prepared sandwiches, snacks and candy, according to the chain’s website., "DGX, Dollar General’s hipper, smaller concept store, opens in downtown Cleveland," 18 June 2019 At this year’s tournament, a small-scale version of Watson’s Florida candy shop, Bubba’s Sweet Spot, will be accessible in the Stanley Black and Decker Fan Zone. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Bubba Watson and the Travelers Championship share a unique connection," 15 June 2019

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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having a desire to acquire more things

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