cotton candy


Definition of cotton candy 

1 : a candy made of spun sugar
2 : something attractive but insubstantial

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Synonyms for cotton candy


candyfloss [British], eye candy, tinsel

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Examples of cotton candy in a Sentence

the beauty pageant is a variety of cotton candy that the public has clearly started to grow tired of

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Some vaping products come in flavors with names like bubble gum and cotton candy, leading to criticism that the industry is marketing e-cigarettes to children. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes," 14 Nov. 2018 Wrap cotton candy around a skewer and press into back of cake for tail. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 Other than that, the best of the old Four Seasons has been successfully transplanted—the steak tartare, the farmhouse duck and, of course, the celebratory mountain of pink cotton candy, now with a bit more of a deliberate swirl. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 It's made with bubblegum ice cream and dressed with cotton candy, frosted mini cones, a swirl lollipop and vanilla frosting rim dusted with rainbow sprinkles. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 Thanks to advances in color techniques and semipermanent dyes, switching from blonde to brunette or even to cotton candy pink feels less major than making a chop. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 The result was a set of cotton candy strands that Kylie paired with a coordinating pink nail polish. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Dyed Her Hair Cotton Candy Pink," 21 Sep. 2018 Sip French 75s between a starter of Burgundy escargot and a finale of flaming cotton candy. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "The Best Bars and Clubs to Meet a Rich Husband," 3 Dec. 2014 Photos and videos from the performance shared on Twitter show the singer’s new cotton candy blue hair, with a blonde layer (which gets to shine when Jimin runs his fingers through his silky locks). Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Jimin from BTS Debuted Blue Hair During Berlin Concert," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cotton candy

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cotton candy was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of cotton candy

: candy made from sugar that is boiled, spun into a soft material using a special machine, and then wound around a stick

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