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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So for nature’s cotton candy, the primary colors remain pink, blue, and white. Tom Avril,, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 Yet, as Maisel did before American Woman, the dramedy manages to stay as airy as cotton candy while delving into these tough topics., "American Woman Review: Kyle Richards’ 70s Romp Is TV’s Breeziest New Show," 7 June 2018 Users can pick from a seemingly endless selection of juice flavors, ranging from cotton candy to skittles and mango. Emilie Ikeda, Fox News, "E-cigarettes ubiquitous at schools despite all efforts: 'You won't find a kid in Georgia who hasn't vaped before'," 7 June 2018 Nearby is gelato with toppings that include cotton candy. Fran Golden, USA TODAY, "Six things to love about Carnival Cruise Line's new Carnival Horizon," 7 May 2018 Look for flavors such as mojito, cotton candy and mango-mint. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Edible cookie dough: Where in metro Phoenix to buy dough that's safe to eat," 13 July 2018 The administration transforms the South Lawn into a virtual midway, complete with carnival rides, live music, cotton candy and funnel cake. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018 Save room for homemade ice cream and unusual treats such as cotton candy Twinkie or a Fruity Pebbles cheesecake shake. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Burgers, desserts, compassion are staples at Sizzles in Lockport," 12 July 2018 The Spring Fling Festival will include snacks, entertainment, popcorn, cotton candy and fun. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 28 May 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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