cotton candy


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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cotton candy was in 1926

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“Cotton candy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cotton candy

: a candy made of spun sugar

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