confection

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The topper was Eton Mess, a sweet English original confection popular since the late 19th century and thought to have originated at the elite Eton College. Washington Post, "The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t think Markle is ‘nasty’," 5 June 2019 Today, the actress attended the Dolor Y Gloria (Pain and Glory) screening in a lime green Giambattista Valli tulle confection accented with a soft pink bow and silk belt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Wows at Cannes Yet Again with Another Epic Train Moment," 17 May 2019 The sweets and confections here range from delicious Meringue Shells with Coffee Ice Cream and Orange-Chocolate Sauce to Satsuma Cake with Mascarpone Cream. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "How to Throw a New Orleans-Style Fete, According to Julia Reed," 11 Apr. 2019 There’s plenty of deliciousness in the array of bright, layered tarts, cakes and bite-size confections from Watt Sriboonruang, the chef who founded Rawsome Treats about five years ago. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Drop In for Raw Delectables," 9 Apr. 2018 The Haute Couture confection was made of a large spiral of sun ray pleated sheer tulle ruffles, and featured an asymmetrical hem and halter neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is An Actual Angel In This White Tulle Gown at Cannes," 17 May 2019 Gaga does her thing up and down the stairs, Maxwell takes off the black dress, and underneath is another strapless number, this time a slinky bright pink confection that reached to the floor. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Lady Gaga Just Changed Four Times on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 She is immediately reminded of her best friend's daughter, who opted to wear her Zoya gown down the aisle, a flaming red and hot pink ball gown with a plunging neckline, rather than any traditional ivory confection. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: BAZAAR Bride's First Look at Vera Wang Bride Spring 2020," 12 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile Mott, who started out in Hollywood working in the fabled William Morris Agency mailroom, nimbly choreographs all the updating, resulting in a breezy, cute-and-clever confection that’s tailor-made for a sultry midsummer’s night. Michael Rechtshaffen, latimes.com, "Review: Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' charmingly recast in La La land," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of confection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for confection

confection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confection

: a very sweet food

confection

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

Kids Definition of confection

: a very fancy and usually sweet food

confection

noun
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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