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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That’s largely in the form of milk proteins and whey used as ingredients in other foods — from sports drinks to confections to yogurt — as well as cheese and some butter. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Darigold aims to sell more than half of its dairy output abroad despite trade spat," 20 Aug. 2018 The company also made Sky Bars and Sweethearts, and the brands were sold to another national confection manufacturer by Round Hill Investments, owned by billionaire C. Dean Metropolous, who bought Necco out of bankruptcy in May for $17.3 million. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Amazon’s rivals should be terrified," 27 July 2018 Mark Seliger The result was Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, last year’s infectious electro-pop confection inspired by Romeo and Juliet (in particular Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film). Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "How Did Halsey Get Here?," 13 July 2018 Some are mediocre, and some are sweet pink confections like the white zinfandels of the 1970s and ’80s. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Step aside slim metallic sheaths and tulle A-line confections, Ms. Ross is here. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tracee Ellis Ross Practically Just Invented Wearing Hot Pink for the Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Its 13 brick-and-brownstone stories were a German Renaissance confection of spires, gables and balconies. Rebecca Dalzell, Smithsonian, "What Made Oscar Tschirky the King of Gilded Age New York," 25 Apr. 2018 Her sweet confection was created by pastry chef Stefan Roman, according to the Swedish journal Svenskdam, with raspberry yogurt mousse, vanilla cream and fresh raspberries. Caris Davis,, "Royal Sugar Rush! Sweden's Princess Estelle Turns 6 with a Cake Fit for a Queen," 23 Feb. 2018 The All City Candy production leader is preparing for customers who want to dip their own chocolate confections for Valentines Day gifts. Lynn Ischay,, "All City Candy offers hands-on chances for sweet fun (photos)," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of confection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of confection was in the 15th century

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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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