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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On Thursday, visitors grabbed a final turkey drumstick, cotton candy ice cream sandwich or bacon-wrapped anything. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Not in Kansas anymore: San Diego County Fair wraps up “Oz” themed run," 4 July 2019 Bay Village: Bay Days includes a community fair, cotton candy, hots dogs, carnival games, local community booths and fireworks, which begin at dusk on July 4 at Cahoon Park. Laura Johnston,, "From Put-in-Bay to Fairport Harbor, 5 spots to watch July 4 fireworks on Lake Erie," 1 July 2019 In keeping with the circus idea, desserts included cotton candy as well as the more traditional cookies and pies. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Custom Details That Made Kaley Cuoco's Wedding So Dazzling," 16 Jan. 2019 Who knew that cotton candy could look so lethal or a Coke machine so imperious or cowboy hats so ridiculous? Mark Feeney,, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019 Gerald Flynn, 70, who has been selling cotton candy for the Warriors for 42 years plans to move with them. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Mercury News, "On Warriors move from Oakland to San Francisco: Steph Curry and Draymond Green are sentimental," 7 June 2019 Snacks will include Dippin’ Dots ice cream, Tropical Sno snowcones and hot dogs, cotton candy and lemon shakes from Sugar Mama’s. Kimberly Fornek,, "New bands, returning favorites on tap for Hinsdale's Uniquely Thursdays concert series," 6 June 2019 Even before Monday, rapper Rico Nasty effortlessly owned a cotton candy mullet on Saturday night at the pre-Met party at the iconic Stonewall Inn. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Bette Midler, Lupita Nyong’o, and More," 12 May 2019 In the small city-state of Monaco, perched on a hillside overlooking the harbor, a cotton candy-pink mansion is a rare throwback to the days when the region first emerged as a haven for the super rich. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Pink Mansion That Housed Monte Carlo’s Founding Family Asks $125 Million," 30 Jan. 2019

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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

US : 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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