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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mash with some red wine vinegar, water, salt, coconut sugar for a really yummy mash side. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Back-Of-The-Cupboard Meals Real People Are Cooking Right Now," 19 Mar. 2020 When in crisis, pull a Jessie James Decker and make yourself some Puppy Chow (i.e., Chex cereal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and powdered sugar). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here’s What Celebrities Are Cooking While Stuck at Home," 18 Mar. 2020 This concoction is layered with almonds scented with orange blossom water and baked into a buttery phyllo shell, then dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's where to find our 14 favorite pies for Pi Day in metro Phoenix," 9 Mar. 2020 Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in flour and salt until well mixed (dough will be crumbly). Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Dulce de Leche Bars with Samoas Girl Scout Cookies," 19 Feb. 2020 Room temperature liquid incorporates more easily into the butter and sugar, preventing graininess and curdling. Washington Post, "Yellow Sheet Cake With Pink American Buttercream," 7 Feb. 2020 For The Times; Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) Omit the butter and powdered sugar. Los Angeles Times, "The best Valentine’s cards for food lovers," 6 Feb. 2020 This tart shell is made in a traditional shortbread method, creaming the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Celebrate Texas grapefruit season with this refreshing tart in an almond shortbread crust," 3 Feb. 2020 Most of Danone’s and Nestlé’s creamers are made primarily of vegetable oil and sugar. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Rich Sales Boost Coffee Creamers," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Soda is a dirty word today — both diet and sugared. Washington Post, "This water bottle knows how much you’ve had to drink — and it tells your phone," 13 Sep. 2019 Locals divert the water to their gardens to grow a local treat — baby vegetables, which are candied in sugared syrup. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Extravagance of personality is one way in which the pill can be sugared, and the public induced to look at works dealing with ideas. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Boris Johnson, the Brexit Illusionist," 28 June 2019 The cake had an autumnal theme, complete with sugared ivy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018

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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

28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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

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