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’Sugar, which offers hundreds of confections and novelties such as a five pound Gummy Bear, said its new location doubles the size of its store to 3,800 square feet and will have entrances both on Pratt Street and on the waterfront. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Slow renovation of Baltimore's Harborplace may be nearing an end," 5 Apr. 2018 The cocoa confection was designed and manufactured by artisan chocolatier Jean-Luc Decluzeau and features everything from chocolate walls and roof, fireplace, dresser, clock, cups, books and even a chocolate chandelier. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Cottage in France made entirely of chocolate available to book for a limited time," 25 Sep. 2018 Artisan-style doughnuts have grown increasingly popular, and there is no shortage of gourmet shops selling such confections. Lori Weisberg,, "Donut Bar is multiplying — to 10 new cities," 11 June 2018 But Dole Whip fans should head to the cart early as only a limited amount of the Instagrammable confection will be made each day. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Disneyland launches Dole Whip Donut," 9 Apr. 2018 The mysterious magnetism of Peeps — marshmallow confections that come in many forms, most classically the police-tape-yellow chick — has spawned not just an industry but a following. Josh Gohlke, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: An unhappy Easter at Peeps," 30 Mar. 2018 For Penelope’s big day, Kourtney served up a beautiful confection covered with orange slices, grapes, and her daughter’s name. Maria Pasquini,, "Kris Jenner Joins Kourtney Kardashian's Italy Vacation as They Celebrate Penelope's 6th Birthday," 8 July 2018 Also new at Oxmoor Center this month, Lolli and Pops, a premium candy company which sells confections from around the world. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This new store at Oxmoor Center wants you to leave your shirt untucked," 15 June 2018 Shortly before production started, a local baker created a confection that would become B.B.’s carbohydrate analog. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 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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