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

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Recent Examples on the Web It’s used mainly for edible purposes such as cooking and confectionery-making, as well as for biofuel and animal feed. Washington Post, "Can Palm Oil Demand Be Met Without Ruining Rainforests?," 16 Dec. 2019 Nestlé’s confectionery unit grew by a more muted 2.3% during the first nine months of 2019, while Oreo maker Mondelez managed a 4.2% increase last year through September. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Cocoa Cartel Is Less Bitter for Luxury Chocolate," 17 Jan. 2020 Because the thrills might trigger hunger pangs, the area will also welcome a restaurant, ice cream parlor, and confectionery kitchen. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "The 10 most anticipated roller coasters of 2020: Iron Gwazi, Orion, Aquaman: Power Wave," 4 Jan. 2020 The move comes as Nestle Chief Executive Officer Mark Schneider divests slower-growing businesses like its U.S. confectionery operations while focusing on pet food, water and coffee for growth. Corinne Gretler,, "Nestle selling Haagen-Dazs and other brands for $4 billion as it backs away from ice cream," 12 Dec. 2019 Compared to other confectionery companies such as Hershey, Mondelez is helped by its exposure to emerging markets, where health concerns are less of an issue. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Mondelez Makes a Muddle of Its Own Growth Strategy," 9 Sep. 2018 The walkable confectionery opened to the public Nov. 26 ahead of Art Basel week and continues through Jan. 26. Phillip Valys,, "Candytopia: a wonderland of farting unicorn pigs, gummy Cardi B and a marshmallow swimming pool," 26 Nov. 2019 What also brings people back is candy, and sweet-toothers of a certain age will swoon before racks of vintage confectioneries. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Slow shopping at the Old Wethersfield Country Store," 18 Oct. 2019 The show challenges home bakers to recreate confectionery masterpieces with limited time and even more limited experience. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "2 Arizona bakers competed on this Netflix holiday special. Here are the episodes to watch.," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of confectionery

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Feb 2020

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“Confectionery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of confectionery

somewhat formal : sweet foods (such as fudge and candy)

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