sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər \

Definition of sugar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods

b : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness, include the monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, and typically are optically active

2 : a unit (such as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar

3 : a sugar bowl

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring\ˈshu̇-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make palatable or attractive : sweeten a story sugared with romance

2 : to sprinkle or mix with sugar

intransitive verb

1 : to form or be converted into sugar

2 : to become granular

3 : to make maple syrup or maple sugar

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Other words from sugar

Noun

sugarless \ˈshu̇-gər-ləs \ adjective

Examples of sugar in a Sentence

Noun

Would you pass the sugar, please? Do you take sugar in your coffee? Coffee with two sugars and milk, please.

Verb

The clean fruit is then dried and sugared. They've been sugaring since they were children.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Popular in Mexico, an agua fresca is simply water blended with fruit, lime juice and often a bit of sugar. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blueberry Honeydew Agua Fresca is a refreshing, light drink without too much sugar," 11 July 2018 Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lena Dunham Shares Body Positive Message, Feels 'Happy Joyous & Free' After Weight Gain," 10 July 2018 Advertisement Georgia's Peach Festival features the world's biggest peach cobbler, made with 75 gallons of peaches, 90 pounds of butter, and 150 pounds of sugar. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "Google Doodle showed recipes for all 50 states. ‘You done messed up,’ says Internet," 3 July 2018 Ice cream became less expensive, as the cost of sugar plummeted with the expansion of the slave trade. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 In a powerful moment, curators include an actual teaspoon of sugar with a spoon. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Think you know - and love - chocolate? Well, you don't know it all," 28 June 2018 Lime juice provides the sour note, balanced by a dash of sugar. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Summery Coconut-Spice Halibut Is Great Steamed or Grilled," 26 June 2018 Sprinkle with almonds, then sprinkle everything with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018 Berman wrote, why not ask soda manufacturers why there are 65 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle? Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Attacking people in poverty for buying birthday cakes and other treats with food stamps," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Avelar sat on a stool by her side, a sugared donut between her fingers. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 When ready to serve cheesecake, remove side of pan. Garnish with sugared cranberries. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe," 17 Mar. 2015 Admission, $15 adults, $10 children 3-12, provides breakfast, tour of sugaring operation, views of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery and spinning and weaving until 4 p.m. 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 44210; 330-666-3711. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Where to find real maple syrup pancake breakfasts and trips to the sugarbush (photos)," 7 Mar. 2018 The kids were thrilled and sugared up, filling baskets with chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs—and, for the first time in their lives, Peeps. Jason Gay, WSJ, "There’s No Such Thing as Free Baseball. Or is There?," 2 Apr. 2018 There was also a chance to meet and pet an assortment of donkeys and draft horses of the types historically used to transport maple sap across farmers' fields during sugaring season. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Taste Of Maple Draws A Crowd To Blue Slope," 21 Mar. 2018 The free event will teach tree biology and identification, why sap flows, tapping, collecting methods, sugarbush management, producing the finished product, canning and packaging, as well as local sugaring history. cleveland.com, "How sweet is thy weekend, Valentine? Let me count three ways (photos)," 7 Feb. 2018 The possible impact of a meat tax could be similar to sugar taxes. Fortune, "Enjoy Your Cheap Burgers Now Because a 'Meat Tax' Could Be on the Way," 11 Dec. 2017 Carefully add chops sugared side down and cook, gently shaking skillet occasionally but not disturbing pork, until underside is caramelized and chops are deeply browned all over, about 5 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Citrus Dressing," 19 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of sugar

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sugar

Noun

Middle English sugre, sucre, from Anglo-French sucre, from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, ultimately from Sanskrit śarkarā; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble — more at crocodile

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sugar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet substance usually in the form of white or brown crystals or white powder that comes from plants and is used to make foods sweeter

: the amount of sugar in one spoonful, lump, packet, etc.

: any one of various substances that are found in plants and that your body uses or stores for energy

sugar

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put sugar on or in (something)

: to make maple syrup or maple sugar by boiling sap from maple trees

sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər \

Kids Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sweet material that consists essentially of sucrose obtained from sugarcane or sugar beets, is typically colorless or white when pure, and is commonly used to sweeten foods and beverages

2 : any of numerous soluble and usually sweet carbohydrates (as glucose or sucrose) that occur naturally especially in plants

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring

Kids Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mix, cover, or sprinkle with sugar The baker sugared the doughnuts.

sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ ˈshu̇g-ər \

Medical Definition of sugar 

1 : a sweet crystallizable substance that consists chiefly of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure and tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative for other foods and for drugs and in the chemical industry as an intermediate

2 : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness and comprise the oligosaccharides including sucrose

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