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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Nestlé recently sold its U.S. confectionery and Gerber life-insurance businesses after similar reviews. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Nestlé Sharpens Focus on Food and Beverages With Review of Skin-Health Unit," 20 Sep. 2018 Japan’s $5 billion chocolate confectionery market is Asia’s largest, according to Euromonitor International. Fortune, "Nestle's Is Launching New KitKats and They're Made From Natural Ruby Chocolate," 18 Jan. 2018 Those moves followed acquisitions in coffee and vitamins and the sale of Nestlé’s flagging U.S. confectionery arm. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Goodbye Baby Ruth, Hello Starbucks: Nestlé CEO’s Vision Takes Shape," 28 Sep. 2018 According to Mr Hausmann and his co-authors, only a third of raw-sugar exporters also export confectionery. The Economist, "Wakandanomics," 28 Mar. 2018 Was there time for a fast run for an ice cream or snowball before the corner confectionery store closed for the night? Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 Elsewhere, confectionery giant Nestlé is beginning to test a product from tech startup Amino. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Big Advertisers Embrace Blockchain to Root Out Digital Spending Waste," 12 July 2018 In colonial towns, English and European immigrants found success opening confectionery shops that sold ice cream. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 Step 4: Frost the cupcakes Ingredients: 3 cups confectioner’s sugar 1/3 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons honeysuckle syrup Mix the confectionery sugar and butter in a large bowl. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "What’s that wonderful smell? It’s honeysuckle season!," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of confectionery

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of confectionery was in 1751

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English Language Learners Definition of confectionery

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

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