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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Baked by none other than Buddy Valastro (yes, the actual Cake Boss), the two-tiered confection featured fondant scales, sea creatures, and a mermaid tail on top. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Daughter Had the Most Incredible Mermaid Cake for Her Birthday," 27 Sep. 2018 Lenôtre was also behind the wedding cake — a three-tiered confection that dwarfed the bride and groom by some degree, adorned with sugar flowers, birds and sparklers. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Wedding Is Part Royal Wedding and Part French Riviera Fairytale," 23 July 2018 Kristel van Valkenhoef, the model-baker behind Botanic Bakery, creates sweet treats in New York City—and, most recently, has dreamed up beautiful crystal-like confections that look stunningly like the real thing. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "This Model-Turned-Baker Makes Otherworldly Candy Crystals," 6 Apr. 2018 The models, joined here by Belgian singer Max Colombie, wear clothes that echo the colors of the confections in a room that could double as the world’s most luxurious sweet shop. Max Vadukul, Town & Country, "A Very Merry Band: When Fashion Meets the Feast," 28 Nov. 2017 All of these items can be found wherever your favorite confections are sold. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Year's New Peeps Flavors Will Have You Hopping Over to the Grocery Store," 15 Mar. 2019 Kick back and chill out with these recipes for delicious and easy-to-make cold confections. Redbook, "Frosty Friday: 4 Popsicles and Ice Cream Sandwiches to Help You Beat the Heat," 22 July 2011 Other openings around Bellevue: Tem Sib Thai Food Reimagined, Pho Rolls, the Japanese confection chain J.sweets and one of the odd pairings, Swan Beauty and Tea Shop, where bubble tea and desserts meet beauty parlor. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 My inspiration for this original confection stemmed from the need to make something sweet and unique from the overabundance of fruit from my Costco haul. Claire Perez,, "Pie contestants serve love in every slice," 6 Apr. 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 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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