con·​fec·​tion·​er | \ kən-ˈfek-sh(ə-)nər How to pronounce confectioner (audio) \

Definition of confectioner

: a manufacturer of or dealer in confections

Examples of confectioner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is the cocoa that a confectioner uses getting more expensive and hard to source because of rising temperatures? Alex Lassiter, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Just over a century ago, in 1920, German confectioner Hans Riegel Sr. struck out on his own, establishing a new candy company called Haribo—an abbreviation derived from his name and hometown of Bonn (Hans Riegel Bonn). Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2022 Four pieces of thick brioche resting atop a bed of sticky syrup arrived at my table, dressed with fresh blueberries, chopped strawberries and a generous dusting of confectioner's sugar. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 8 July 2022 Just before serving, whip cream with confectioner’s sugar until soft peaks form. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 That's when corn starch was invented and Istanbul confectioner Haci Bekir added it to the list of ingredients. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 A century or so later, Pietro Ferrero, a confectioner from Piedmont, created Nutella based on that old recipe. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 5 May 2022 Top with a pinch of confectioner’s sugar and enjoy. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 The two other teams featured members from a luxury hotel with a head chef and a cakemaker and a confectioner and others with lots of competition experience. Andy Coughlan, Chron, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of confectioner

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confectioner

confection + -er entry 2, after Medieval Latin confectiōnārius "confectioner, apothecary"

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confectioners' sugar

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4 Aug 2022

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“Confectioner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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con·​fec·​tion·​er | \ kən-ˈfek-shə-nər How to pronounce confectioner (audio) \

Kids Definition of confectioner

: a maker of or dealer in sweet foods (as candies)

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