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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Other Words from candy


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

Cookies, crackers, protein bars, candy bars, trail mix, and beef jerky all work. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Eat Well on Your Next Backpacking Trip," 7 Sep. 2019 Head coach Jon Gruden — backed by Davis — is the parent buying the kid his candy bar. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders’ departure from Oakland lacks pride, poise, plan," 6 Sep. 2019 Riders in truck beds and floats tossed handfuls of candy to kids who scrambled to grab the sweet offerings that scattered along the street. Vincent T. Davis,, "Hundreds attend Bandera Labor Day Parade," 31 Aug. 2019 What do candy bars, pickles, and Swiss cheese have in common? Katie Thornton, National Geographic, "The most absurd foods you can eat at the Minnesota State Fair," 30 Aug. 2019 The man told police the reason for the attack was because the victim, who suffered wounds all over his body, stole candy bars from him. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Ever heard of 'Florida man?' Well, 'Kentucky man' gives him a run for his money," 12 Aug. 2019 Same way the ladies in the balcony peel their candy bars. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 KitKat candy bars in the U.S. are under the Hershey Company. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Nestlé launching new chocolate that ditches refined sugar," 16 July 2019 No longer was anyone allowed to sit in the stall those misfits had rotated through; instead it was filled with oranges, apples, water bottles, candy bars and other offerings. Alex Prewitt,, "How Do You Say 'Cheesecake Factory' In Mandarin? Behind the Scenes of Life in the Chinese Basketball Association," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The dish is made with candied jalapenos and cilantro. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Who needs guacamole? 10 great places that elevate avocado toast," 13 Sep. 2019 Fans loved her fiery oxtail curry, eclectic drinks menu and what would become her signature dish: crunchy fried kale and candied bacon dressed in fish sauce. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Smallwares is closing, again," 3 Sep. 2019 Those live fires blister the green beans in a salad of sweet peppers, olives and candied nuts; char the broccolini and cabbage that are paired with a cheese sauce and mustard vinaigrette; and roast the eggplant for the caponata. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look at Rosie Cannonball, opening today in Montrose," 28 Aug. 2019 In the last 5 minutes of churning, pour in ½ cup cooled, candied walnuts and 1 cup peaches. Callie Blount, al, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019 The Bells have preferred orders — ribs and the occasional side of collard greens, candied yams or macaroni and cheese for Evelyn, a rib sandwich for Carrie., "In Oakland’s Laurel District, barbecue’s past collides with its present," 2 July 2019 Sauce The City: Fire-roasted street corn in original, spicy chipotle, or candied cob. Marc Bona,, "Ohio City Galley schedules 2 summer parties, patio opening," 19 June 2019 Aromas of fresh sourdough, candied lemon, and white pepper complement notes of bright pear and white grape., "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 Vegans can have their meals made with butternut squash, kale and candied walnuts. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Monterey Bay Aquarium launches ‘Seafood Watch’ food truck in Bay Area," 18 July 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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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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