lol·​li·​pop | \ ˈlä-lē-ˌpäp How to pronounce lollipop (audio) , ˈlä-li- \
variants: or less commonly lollypop
plural lollipops or lollypops

Definition of lollipop

1a : a piece of hard candy on the end of a stick
b : a piece of food served on the end of a stick a chicken lollipop cake lollipops
2 or lollipop sign, British : a round stop sign on a pole used to stop traffic (as at a school crossing) Darlington inventor Andrew Turner created a prototype for an illuminated lollipop for school crossing patrols.— Mark Copping

Examples of lollipop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Herd by Andrea Bartz A wonderfully gossipy thriller about feminism, friendship and foul play, The Herd is a lollipop of a novel that will suck you right in. Maris Kreizman, WSJ, "In These 10 Books, the Blissful Pleasure of an Escapist Read," 16 Apr. 2020 Cut through the meat tendons and sinews and then press the meat down firmly to form a lollipop. Allie Morris,, "Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Chicken Lollipops," 6 Mar. 2020 Doing that would require changing how the vaccine attacks the flu virus, which is shaped like a sphere with lollipops protruding from it. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "A coronavirus vaccine is being developed in record time. But don't expect that technology to speed up flu vaccines — yet.," 6 Apr. 2020 There are children everywhere—sucking on lollipops, playing with toy cars, and clutching Batman backpacks. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "A record backlog, antiquated technology, and new quotas: Inside San Francisco’s chaotic immigration court," 13 Mar. 2020 Debbie Li, another lollipop fan, was able to score a variety pack at the Costco in San Leandro after the See’s stores closed. Tony Bravo,, "During coronavirus crisis, it’s ‘torture’ going without Bay Area favorite See’s Easter treats," 11 Apr. 2020 Kyle also held up two lollipops — one blue and one pink. Joelle Goldstein,, "Former Real Housewives of Orange County Star Kara Keough and Kyle Bosworth Expecting Second Child," 30 Oct. 2019 It can be smoked, ingested in edible form as brownies, lollipops, gummies, Rice Krispies Treats, cookies as well as beverages. Sara Clarkson,, "Clarkson: Robert Crown experts warn parents of teens as marijuana becomes legal," 30 Oct. 2019 Most races have shorter distances for kids, everything from a 1-miler to a 500-meter dash — often with mini-medals, chocolate lollipops or hot apple cider at the finish. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, "10 Reasons to Run a Turkey Trot Over the Holiday Weekend," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lollipop

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lollipop

perhaps from English dialect lolly tongue + pop entry 2

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The first known use of lollipop was in 1784

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26 May 2020

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“Lollipop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lollipop

: a round piece of hard candy on the end of a stick


variants: or lollypop \ ˈlä-​lē-​ˌpäp \

Kids Definition of lollipop

: a round piece of hard candy on the end of a stick

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