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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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 There is a certain confection-like spirit to Pimienta's style, one that involves billowing, undulating, and pattern-clad dresses straight out of a folk fairy tale. Scarlett Newman, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Nov. 2021 True to their brand, Illumination has engineered another easy-to-swallow confection designed to maximize audience delight, whether on first or fortieth viewing, although this time, there’s almost zero nutritional value. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 Nov. 2021 Dan Levy took the party’s theme to the extreme in a blue confection from Loewe. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 First, there’s a sourness at the heart of Beane’s confection. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 24 Oct. 2021 Cheesecake, the confection that first caught his eye back in high school, became a staple., 23 Oct. 2021 This information is accompanied by cold Colimita lagers and a selection of cocadas, the traditional Mexican coconut confection. Vogue, 22 Oct. 2021 Every year, the Grand Californian Hotel, part of the Disneyland resort, creates a different larger-than-life confection for the spookiest season. Julie Tremaine, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 But the pie theme extends beyond the delectable confection. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of confection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confection

Middle English confeccioun "preparation by mixing ingredients, something prepared by mixing, as a medicine or dish of food," borrowed from Anglo-French confectiun, confeccion, borrowed from Medieval Latin confectiōn-, confectiō, going back to Latin, "making ready for use, preparation," from conficere "to carry out, perform, make, bring about, collect, bring to completion" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at confect

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“Confection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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

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