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 Her version adds creamy tahini to the cake and replaces some of the sugar in the toffee sauce with a dollop of bright date molasses and more tahini. Jane Black, WSJ, "Dessert Recipes That Take Arab Traditions in New Directions," 16 Apr. 2021 Boil for 1 minute, or until the sugar dissolves and the glaze is clear and syrupy. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Rosy blood orange juice stars in this olive oil loaf cake with pistachios," 13 Apr. 2021 Place ingredients in a blender; blend on high until the sugar is dissolved. Grace Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Easy frozen mocktails you’ll want to make this summer, from slushies to spritzes," 13 Apr. 2021 The grapefruit tea was tart and pulpy with a slightly bitter kick that balanced out the sugar. oregonlive, "These are Portland’s 10 best boba tea shops," 13 Apr. 2021 To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well mixed and the sugar dissolves. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vegan cookbook from Wildseed chef in San Francisco gets creative. Here are 5 tips," 12 Apr. 2021 However, the blood clears the extra sugar very quickly, so the mental boost is extremely short-lived, leading people to eat more. Lina Begdache, The Conversation, "Unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic? Blame your stress hormones," 2 Apr. 2021 In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla and eggs then whisk vigorously until lightened and smooth, about 30 seconds. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 Using hot water will make the sugar dissolve faster, but it’s in no way necessary. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, "How to Make a Morning Glory Fizz, the Cocktail That Makes Scotch and Absinthe Feel Right for Daylight," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "5 benefits of apple cider vinegar (and a few duds), according to experts," 10 Mar. 2021 The cold turns the starch to sugar and changes the taste and texture. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Spud hints," 21 Oct. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

20 Apr 2021

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“Sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar. Accessed 20 Apr. 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.
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

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