sugar

noun
sug·​ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sugaring (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sugar

Noun

sugarless \ ˈshu̇-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce sugarless (audio) \ 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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Where does sugar come from, and how is it processed? Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, "Make cooking your kids’ curriculum," 13 Oct. 2020 As Twilley admits, a perfectly tasty, perfectly healthy sugar is the gastronomic equivalent of Shangri-La. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 12 Oct. 2020 Beat butter and confectioners’ sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Torie Cox, Country Living, "Slice-and-Bake Shortbread Cookies," 11 Oct. 2020 At Fills, Benvenuti’s brioche-ish dough uses a little levain to gobble up the sugar, adding a savory and tangy element. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Fills is bringing Berliner-style doughnuts to original Blue Star Donuts space," 9 Oct. 2020 Their zoolbia, a sugar-soaked, crunchy fried dough, is the perfect pairing to a creamy sundae. Mashti Malone's Ice Cream, Woman's Day, "Mashti Malone’s Zoolbia," 9 Oct. 2020 Becky’s piece on the role sugar plays in baking struck a chord with readers as well. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food cooking Q&A: Ideas for a pared-down Thanksgiving," 7 Oct. 2020 Weak oil prices this year have pushed Brazilian producers to convert more of their crop into raw sugar than ethanol. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "Sugar Touches Seven-Month High," 6 Oct. 2020 The refugees also believe that sugar has health benefits. New York Times, "In the Sahara, the Solace of Community Baking," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hushpuppy paddle was loaded with the thick batter my mother prepared (with diced onions but never sugar). Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Don’t give me a bad hushpuppy," 10 Sep. 2020 Come ready to sugar load as Tosi breaks down iconic Milk Bar sweets like her gooey butter cake, brownies, blondies, and chocolate chip cookies, as well as the occasional savory recipe like tortillas. Erica Firpo, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Chefs Are Hosting (Free) Online Cooking Classes Right Now," 8 Apr. 2020 Moral tales sugared with spectacle like anything Disney? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus," 16 Oct. 2019 Mass Audubon, among others, has begun organizing visits and tours of its sanctuaries that have sapping and sugaring operations. Kim Tan, BostonGlobe.com, "Take heart: the maples are stirring and the sugaring season is just about here," 23 Feb. 2020 Working with half the dough at a time (leaving the rest in the refrigerator), roll it out on the sugared surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "It’s time you made Joe Froggers, the molasses cookies that are fun to say and eat," 2 Dec. 2019 Most of Quebec’s 200-odd sugar shacks operate only in March and April, coinciding with sugaring season, but a few, including the Sucrerie de la Montagne, west of Montreal in Rigaud, are open year-round. Emma Jacobs, Washington Post, "Why Montreal wants you to visit in the winter," 13 Dec. 2019 When done correctly, sugaring works to pull hair out at the root. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Sugaring 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Hair-Removal Method," 4 Oct. 2019 Volcano has an intoxicating aroma, redolent of tropical fruit and sugared citrus. USA TODAY, "20 amazing housewarming gifts that people actually want," 15 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sugar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sugar

Time Traveler for sugar

Time Traveler

The first known use of sugar was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for sugar

Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sugar

sugar

noun
How to pronounce sugar (audio)

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.
technical : 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)
US : to make maple syrup or maple sugar by boiling sap from maple trees

sugar

noun
sug·​ar | \ ˈshu̇-gər How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sugar (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sugar

Nglish: Translation of sugar for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sugar for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sugar

Comments on sugar

What made you want to look up sugar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!