con·​fec·​tion·​ery | \kən-ˈfek-shə-ˌner-ē \
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

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 Graham posted from the iconic Market Street confectionery on May 23. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Here's where 'Top Chef' hosts and judges have stopped in Louisville," 24 May 2018 Google’s Android, true to its confectionery naming scheme, is distributed more in slices than as a whole. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "What do we even mean when we say ‘Android’?," 11 May 2018 Earlier this year, Nestlé sold its U.S. confectionery business, which includes the Butterfinger and Baby Ruth brands, to Italian candy maker Ferrero International SA for $2.8 billion in cash. Brian Blackstone And Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Starbucks Sells Nestlé the Rights to Offer Its Coffee in Stores," 7 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confectionery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of confectionery

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about confectionery

Share confectionery

Statistics for confectionery

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for confectionery

The first known use of confectionery was in 1751

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for confectionery



English Language Learners Definition of confectionery

: sweet foods (such as fudge and candy)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on confectionery

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with confectionery

Spanish Central: Translation of confectionery

Britannica English: Translation of confectionery for Arabic Speakers

Comments on confectionery

What made you want to look up confectionery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!