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

Other Words from candy


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 The next day, head to Hershey’s Chocolate World to learn how the candy is made and create your own chocolate bar or peanut butter cup. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Mars Wrigley is voluntarily recalling several gummy candies of Starbursts, Skittles and Life Savers as bags potentially have a very thin metal strand inside or embedded in the candy. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 The unidentified student shared the candy with others during recess earlier this week at Michael J. Castori Elementary School. Jiovanni Lieggi, Fox News, 13 May 2022 Strauss Israel announced the Elite candy recall a few days ago, along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Apr. 2022 The English town of Pontefract is reportedly the birthplace of the bittersweet candy. Rebecca Douglas, Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Everyone took whacks at the homemade piñata made of eggshells until the candy came flying out. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 Zilberman hopes that those more permanent pieces would inspire others to learn about jade and Chinese culture, just as the candy has already done for her and others. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Onboard, journalists and retailers were shown the famous aviation watches in mid-air with stewardesses passing out the wrist candy. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Polybags—those ubiquitous transparent bags used to package all sorts of things from bulk vegetables to candy to new shirts—is a particularly enormous problem, Dune explains. Anne Quito, Quartz, 22 Apr. 2022 People hold up signs and bags of Skittles candy during a rally in support of Trayvon Martin at Freedom Plaza in Washington, on March 24, 2012. NBC News, 26 Feb. 2022 Whole or chopped pecans, which practically candy in the syrupy mix while baking, add substance and crunch. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 The family tradition started five years ago when a neighbor handed the children candy canes to pass out to visitors and someone ended up slipping them a dollar. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 16 Dec. 2020 Bonior says that parents shouldn’t candy-coat the stressful holiday situation for children or act as if things will be fine; instead, own it. Vicky Hallett, National Geographic, 24 Nov. 2020 Gobstoppers have many colorful layers, but none contain animal products...which making this vegan candy a winner this Halloween. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, 16 Oct. 2020 But the real kill shot is the double-kick easycore breakdown that follows, replete with a Four Year Strong-esque candied synth. Eli Enis,, 22 May 2020 And for dessert: oranges, peeled and segmented and served with yogurt for dipping or cold and candied, after the teachings of Gabrielle Hamilton. Sam Sifton, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of candy


1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1537, 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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23 May 2022

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“Candy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for candy


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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