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 sugar (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

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Other Words from sugar

Noun

sugarless \ ˈshu̇-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce sugar (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given its popularity, Winc took a bigger step in 2020 by launching Wonderful Wine Co., an entire portfolio of sustainable and low-sugar wines made with organic grapes and produced and packaged with a low-carbon footprint. Rachel King, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 And you won’t be irked for long: her brown-sugar gingerbread with lemon brandy really is delicious. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 These are lil’ oatmeal bombs with a crispy breadcrumb-and-sugar crust. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 7 Oct. 2021 Prepare glasses by moistening the rims with water and dipping into a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2021 With its vibrantly hued mini-cans of 100-calorie, zero-sugar, low-carb wine spritzers, Bev (which is based in Venice) is aimed at women. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Here’s where things got interesting: One of our tasters thought the new version tasted slightly more like the full-sugar deal. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Get a watermelon-sugar high with this fruity scrub. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, 5 Aug. 2021 Make your own trail mix combining nuts, seeds, and low-sugar cereals into single-serve portions. NBC News, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even the White House didn’t try to sugar-coat the numbers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Japanese scientists have inhibited the growth of human leukemia and other cancer cells in petri dishes by exposing them to sugar cane vinegar and Japanese rice vinegar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Japanese scientists have inhibited the growth of human leukemia and other cancer cells in petri dishes by exposing them to sugar cane vinegar and Japanese rice vinegar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Japanese scientists have inhibited the growth of human leukemia and other cancer cells in petri dishes by exposing them to sugar cane vinegar and Japanese rice vinegar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Japanese scientists have inhibited the growth of human leukemia and other cancer cells in petri dishes by exposing them to sugar cane vinegar and Japanese rice vinegar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 At each step, researchers pointed to concerns not unlike those that led to the Brazilian action, linking toxic pollution to sugar cane burning. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Umstead is partial to sugar snap peas which have a slightly sweet, vegetal flavor. Lia Picard, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 The lizards were likely victims of invasive animals that arrived with the Europeans, such as mongoose and cats, or died out after losing their habitat to sugar cane fields and grazing, the researchers say. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 19 May 2021

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

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17 Oct 2021

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“Sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 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

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