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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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The most original marries sponge cake and passionfruit coulis, a confection finished with black sesame seeds and a ring of creme anglaise. Washington Post, "A reopened Marcel’s reminds me that fine dining, especially now, is about more than food," 6 Nov. 2020 Chocolate, which in itself is a major food group, is by far the most popular confection, followed by candy corn. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celebrating a century of Halloween in America," 31 Oct. 2020 The history of Halloween's most polarizing candy Love it or hate it, candy corn is a pretty fascinating little confection. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 29: Covid-19, election, Breonna Taylor, Big Tech, Zeta," 29 Oct. 2020 The most elaborate confection is the pale green and many-layered matcha cake. Washington Post, "Say hello to NiHao, yet another prize Chinese restaurant from the Chang family," 23 Oct. 2020 A few seconds later, Guzmer appears, heaving and munching on the confection, its single giant eye darting around wildly. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "ClickHole Started as a Meat Joke. Can It Avoid Being Offal?," 22 Oct. 2020 Some readers will find this all deplorably smug (a charge levelled at Amis on more than one occasion), but the self-pleased protagonist may be no more of a confection than the customary self-loathing one. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, "Martin Amis’s Turn to Autofiction," 19 Oct. 2020 It’s a caramel confection with giant front pockets and an oversized fit roomy enough for layering, but not bulky like an actual winter coat. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "25 Best Teddy Coats to Hibernate in This Winter," 16 Oct. 2020 The whole confection is dusted with rich cocoa powder. cleveland, "National Dessert Day: Indulge in these most sinful treats in Greater Cleveland," 14 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confection.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of confection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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