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candy

noun can·dy \ ˈkan-dē \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of candy

plural candies
1 : crystallized sugar formed by boiling down sugar syrup
2 a : 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

adjective

Examples of candy in a Sentence

  1. The cough syrup tastes like candy.

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Origin and Etymology of candy

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

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candy

verb

Definition of candy

candied; candying
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

Examples of candy in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of candy from the Web

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First Known Use of candy

1533



CANDY Defined for English Language Learners

candy

noun

Definition of candy for English Language Learners

  • : a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate


CANDY Defined for Kids

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candy

noun can·dy \ ˈkan-dē \

Definition of candy for Students

plural candies
: a sweet made of sugar often with flavoring and filling

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candy

verb

Definition of candy for Students

candied; candying
: to coat or become coated with sugar often by cooking


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