candy

noun
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

candy

verb
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

Noun

candy adjective

Synonyms for candy

Synonyms: Verb

dress up, enhance, sweeten

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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

Most grocery-store checkout counters are a gauntlet of candy. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Take Two Aspirin—and a Serving of Kale," 22 Oct. 2018 Use the toilet as a candy bowl to ensure customers remember services being offered. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Must trade shows be boring?," 12 July 2018 Yes, Trump wants always to do the opposite of Barack Obama, whose icy relationship with Putin and genuine bond with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been flipped on its head by Trump (give or take a couple of Starburst candies). Ian Bremmer, Time, "Trump and Putin Will Call Their Summit a Success. But Don't Expect U.S.-Russia Relations to Improve," 6 July 2018 Drivers can also call a family member or friend to pick them up, caffeinate, stretch or eat a peppermint candy or chewing gum. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Police: NB Central Parkway shut down after driver falls asleep, crashes into pole," 11 July 2018 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea El Mar Drive and El Prado Drive At 10 a.m., a parade will launch on El Mar Drive, full of BSO vehicles, fire trucks and Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam. Make sure to bring bags to catch candy along the route. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "Want to watch fireworks or go to a picnic or parade on the Fourth of July? Here’s where to go," 3 July 2018 In the past year alone, she's dyed her hair watermelon pink, candy-apple red, lilac, brown, and blonde. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Hani of K-Pop Group EXID Reveals Her Simple Routine for Getting Glass Skin," 2 July 2018 Dora Hampton, 10, of Darlington, rushed to catch pieces of candy tossed by parade participants. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Darlington celebrates Independence Day," 1 July 2018 The future of the country’s oldest continuously operating candy company remains uncertain beyond November, when its lease at its Revere headquarters is scheduled to expire. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salad takes center stage in May at local restaurants for National Salad Month," 24 May 2018 Burgers like the Abe Froman topped with knockwurst, The Sophia Loren with mozzarella and artichoke pesto and The G.O.A.T. with goat cheese and spicy candied bacon, all served on pretzel buns. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Empire Burgers & Brew in Naperville," 8 July 2018 Notes of candied fruit, lemon-lime and apple lead to a crisp, clean finish in this wine, which clocks in at 13.4 percent alcohol. $18 2017 Rove Estate Unoaked Chardonnay. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Chaos Emeralds pours a cloudy light yellow, gets candied mango notes from Galaxy and Mosaic hops, and is absolutely delicious. Gary Dzen, BostonGlobe.com, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 The sugar lightly candies the stalks, helping them keep their shape while sweetening their intense tartness. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Rhubarb Shows Off Its Stripes," 11 May 2018 Desserts include butterscotch banana cream pie, candied almond tosca (cake) and s’mores bread pudding. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of candy

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for candy

Noun

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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candy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of candy

: a sweet food made with sugar or chocolate

candy

noun
can·​dy | \ˈkan-dē \
plural candies

Kids Definition of candy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet made of sugar often with flavoring and filling

candy

verb
candied; candying

Kids Definition of candy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to coat or become coated with sugar often by cooking

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