con·fec·tion·ary | \kən-ˈfek-shə-ˌner-ē \
plural confectionaries

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confectionary adjective

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The confectionary cold spot is giving Uncle Sam a run for his money by adding two red, white and blue treats to its menu in time to celebrate Independence Day. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Dairy Queen debuts two Fourth of July-themed Blizzard treats," 3 July 2018 Other sectors on the chopping block include ice cream, frozen foods, and confectionary. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "A Major Activist Investor Wants KitKat-Maker Nestle to Break Up. Here's What He Wants, and Why," 2 July 2018 The state exported more than $311 million just in candy, confectionaries, cakes, and chocolates to Canada in 2017, said Michael Gerber, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, by email. Courtney Becker,, "In Pa. and N.J., brewing trade disputes with Canada and China could harm firms," 22 June 2018 The Del Mar Fairgrounds will become a scrumdidilyumptious, Willy Wonka-esque factory of confectionary treats when the San Diego County Fair opens its gates Friday. Carolina Gusman,, "At the San Diego County Fair, it's all about the sweet stuff," 31 May 2018 The artist uses bright colors (hot pink, kelly green), confectionary sights and smells (cakes, frosting, oversize Candy Land props), and signifiers of American prosperity (palm trees, a ceramic Louis Vuitton purse) to lure in her audience. Kerry Cardoza, Chicago Reader, "The American dream, in frosting: the art of Yvette Mayorga," 25 Apr. 2018 Demand for time-consuming confectionary design coupled with a lack of refrigeration made the naturally self-preserving cakes a safe choice. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Why This Year’s Royal Wedding Cake Won’t Be a Disgusting Fruitcake," 17 May 2018 The first to appear is Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), offering a daffy, kinetic spin on a fairy godmother, right down to her confectionary costumery. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "A Wrinkle in Time: See It With a Kid, or as a Kid," 9 Mar. 2018 Many of her photos capture the confectionary colors of the scenery: a brick red wall, pale blue shutters. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "Everyday Life Photographed in Senegal," 7 May 2018

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1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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