con·fec·tion | \kən-ˈfek-shən \

Definition of confection 

1 : the act or process of confecting

2 : something confected: such as

a : a fancy dish or sweetmeat also : a sweet food

b : a medicinal preparation usually made with sugar, syrup, or honey

c : a work of fine or elaborate craftsmanship

d : a light but entertaining theatrical, cinematic, or literary work

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Synonyms for confection


sweet, sweetmeat

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A "confection" is "confected" from several different ingredients or elements. Most confections are sweet, but the word can also be used to refer to any finely worked piece of craftsmanship. In other words, the lacy box containing chocolate confections can be a confection itself. The verb "confect" (meaning "put together from varied material") comes from Latin confectus, the past participle of conficere, meaning "to prepare." "Conficere" joins the prefix con- with the common Latin verb facere, meaning "to make" or "to do." "Factory," "manufacture," and "benefactor" are among the many relations.

Examples of confection in a Sentence

an assortment of delicious cakes and other confections following the main course there were assorted confections so delicious-looking as to tempt even determined dieters

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It was loosely inspired by the confection and kind of looks like one. Carolyn L. Todd, Glamour, "This Weird Little 'Doughnut' Wants to Put an End to Painful Sex," 15 May 2018 And if that’s not the case, at least there’s a sound bath or Milkbar confections around to comfort your crash. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Music Festivals Have Now Hopped on the Wellness Bandwagon," 25 Apr. 2018 Our goal: To sample the gorgeous confections baked by three superstar bakers., "A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors," 6 July 2018 In researching the origins of the cake, the Morning News found out that the beloved chocolate confection wasn’t brought over by German immigrants at all. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: It Turns Out That German Chocolate Cake Is Actually From Texas, Not Germany!," 9 May 2018 This sparkly confection would be good even if Chrissy weren't dressing for two. The Fug Girls, Cosmopolitan, "18 Best Dressed Celebrities at the 2018 Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 Last a dessert tray was wheeled by with delicious cakes and confections before coffee and tea was served. Marilyn Jones,, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 Bring the whole family out for adobo burritos from Jeepney by Adobo Grill, creative confections from Babycakes Cupcakes, exciting performances from the Alaska Fire Circus and more. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s happening in Anchorage for Cinco de Mayo," 4 May 2018 The couture shows in Paris this week showcased fanciful frocks and covetable confections fit for the red carpet and beyond. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham, and More of the Best Dressed at the Paris Couture Shows," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of confection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of confection

: a very sweet food


con·fec·tion | \kən-ˈfek-shən \

Kids Definition of confection

: a very fancy and usually sweet food


con·fec·tion | \kən-ˈfek-shən \

Medical Definition of confection 

: a medicinal preparation usually made with sugar, syrup, or honey

called also electuary

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