con·​fec·​tion | \ kən-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce confection (audio) \

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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Fast forward to 2008, and the aplets and cotlets partisans filed a bill of their own to make their preferred candy the official state confection. Dan Sweeney,, "A Broward state senator is pushing for coconut patties as Florida’s official state candy. Yea or nay?," 2 Aug. 2019 This smiley take on the puffy confection is perpetually spotted on the head of ravers at festivals worldwide and has become a popular Halloween costume for kids in grades K-5. Kat Bein, Billboard, "11 DJs Who Wear Masks and the Stories Behind Them," 29 July 2019 But the restaurant quickly moved from being a controversial confection atop a billion-dollar fiasco to being a beloved icon on top of the world’s most famous skyline. Tom Roston, Time, "The Untold Story of an Undocumented Immigrant Family Torn Apart by 9/11," 9 Sep. 2019 Set inside a bumping 126-beats-per-minute dance track, the collaboration draws on a lineage that whisks the techno and house sounds of Detroit, Chicago and Berlin with a dollop of London grime to create a particularly potent Skrillex confection. Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: Skrillex with Ty Dolla Sign and Devendra Banhart’s ode to Venezuela," 28 Aug. 2019 Meghan reportedly enjoyed a cake from Luminary Bakery, a London company that supports disadvantaged women, in addition to turning out some seriously stylish confections. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Cake Had a Special Meaning," 9 Aug. 2019 West Hollywood's now-80-year-old Formosa Cafe, born as an arch confection, had been betrayed by a previous renovation and management cycle. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Formosa Cafe: Dining Review," 23 Aug. 2019 On top of the sugary confection, a cake statue of Joe sits on Game of Thrones‘ famous Iron Throne with a cake statue of Turner standing beside him. Brianne Tracy,, "Sophie Turner Surprised Joe Jonas Onstage Mid-Concert with a Cake to Sing 'Happy Birthday'," 16 Aug. 2019 Rose Street’s confection counter in the market remains open. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Keg and Case after 1 year: Here’s what’s out and what’s to come," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce confection (audio) \

Kids Definition of confection

: a very fancy and usually sweet food


con·​fec·​tion | \ kən-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce confection (audio) \

Medical Definition of confection

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

called also electuary

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