con·​fec·​tion·​ery | \ kən-ˈfek-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce confectionery (audio) \
plural confectioneries

Definition of confectionery

1 : the confectioner's art or business
2 : sweet foods (such as candy or pastry)
3 : a confectioner's shop

Examples of confectionery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 43,000 square feet of space is currently operated by World Duty Free, a Dufry company, and will be stocked with familiar products ranging across liquor, tobacco, confectionery, beauty, fashion, accessories, watches and jewelry. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 25 June 2022 According to Beth Kimmerle, the author of four books on the American confectionery industry, gummy bears descend from precursors such as the gumdrop, Turkish Delight and wine gum (a non-alcoholic treat originating in the United Kingdom). Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2022 Mondelez is an American multinational confectionery, food, holding and beverage and snack food company, whose revenues have steadily risen over the past few years. Trefis Team, Forbes, 2 May 2022 His confectionery still lifes with their cheerful disposition seemed to him a misstep, at first. Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 The show, the largest candy and snack trade event in North America, is produced by the National Confectioners Association, which reps the $37 billion U.S. confectionery industry. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Mar. 2022 Now the gourmet confectionery says construction will wrap within weeks and the new shop will debut later this summer at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 200. Phillip Valys,, 17 Mar. 2022 The Swiss consumer goods company had six factories in Russia as of 2020, including plants making confectionery and drinks, according to its website. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Her girlfriend, Deborah, is Chinese American and taught her about different sweets, so Witting gave out Chinese white rabbit and flower confectionery. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of confectionery

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confectionery

confection(er) + -ery

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The first known use of confectionery was in 1751

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Dictionary Entries Near confectionery

confectioners' sugar



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1 Jul 2022

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“Confectionery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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