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

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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 In middle school, pounds of Halloween candy lasted me barely until later on the same evening. Genevieve Angelson,, "In Quarantine, Confronting The Eating Disorder That Almost Killed Me," 4 May 2020 Cereal: Yes, there are some cereals that aren't any more nutritious than a bag of candy. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "The Best Non-Perishable Food to Buy For Your Pantry," 30 Apr. 2020 Gustav Goelitz opened the candy business in Belleville, Illinois. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Sweet History of Jelly Beans, and Why We Eat Them at Easter," 1 Apr. 2020 In 2018, Ferrero acquired Nestle’s US candy business for $2.8 billion and completed a $1.3 billion deal last year for Kellogg Co.’s cookies and fruit snack brands, including Keebler and Famous Amos., "Steward and union reach agreement on new contract," 22 Jan. 2020 There’s one dietary luxury available to senators sitting through as many as 48 hours of argument: a bowl of candy. Daniel Flatley,, "For Thirsty Senators in Impeachment Trial, It’s Milk, Water or Nothing," 22 Jan. 2020 On the Boardwalk in New Jersey Jim had a candy business for 11 years., "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/13," 13 Nov. 2019 Others, such as candy stores or jewelry stores, are hoping to open up again. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Governor reaches out to business organizations to talk safety as he considers reopening economy," 17 Apr. 2020 That's because the surface of the candy has lots of tiny bumps. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We now know the effect of altitude on classic “Diet Coke and Mentos“ fountain," 4 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The menu includes succulent turkey, delicious stuffing, candied sweet and smooth mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, cranberry sauce and rolls – and, of course, your choice of pumpkin, apple or cherry pies and other delicious desserts. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Ken Cleveland Foundation adds funds for building project: Whit & Whimsey," 11 Oct. 2019 For dessert, a dulce de leche panna cotta with chocolate sauce and candied pistachios. oregonlive, "Portland’s 33 best $33 dining month menus," 7 Mar. 2020 This messy miracle is a Belgian waffle stuffed with crispy chicken, candied bacon and maple syrup. Chris Erskine,, "New at Dodger Stadium: spicy Mexican street corn, a decent lobster roll and quinoa salad (what would Babe Ruth say?)," 29 Mar. 2018 Try the cherry bellini ($10) or a bloody mary garnished with celery salt and candied bacon ($11). Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Do summer right with these 15 new Chicago brunches," 1 June 2017 That said, of all the supplements, the uni, offered with a bowl of bibimbap, made the most sense, turning the sticky mixture of soy-butter rice, candied anchovy, and spicy pollock roe into something supple and pudding-like. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Kochi’s Korean Tasting Menu Offers Everyday Indulgence on a Skewer," 7 Feb. 2020 Third: Chocolate pumpkin cake with cinnamon-chili ganache, candied pepitas, berries. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Zack Bruell Restaurant Week set to begin," 8 Jan. 2020 Step 6 Garnish each serving with some of the almonds and raisins, or with a cinnamon stick, star anise, candied ginger or twist of orange peel. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Make the Swedish mulled wine glogg, and your house will smell like Christmas," 13 Dec. 2019 Red Bay Coffee’s upcoming expansion to San Francisco’s Financial District, as well as founder Keba Konte’s goals for future growth, can best be summed up through one of the company’s candied yam lattes. Justin Phillips,, "Oakland’s black-owned Red Bay Coffee to open a new cafe in San Francisco," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Candy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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