sug·​ar·​plum | \ˈshu̇-gər-ˌpləm \

Definition of sugarplum 

: a small candy in the shape of a ball or disk : sweetmeat

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Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Washington Post, "Science Says: Are poinsettias poisonous? Some holiday truths," 20 Dec. 2017 At this blessed time of year, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra typically turns to more populist symphonic fare to help ensure a healthy box office amid the rival seasonal flurries of caroling choristers and dancing sugarplums. John Von Rhein,, "Conductor's firm control makes for satisfying Tchaikovsky with CSO," 15 Dec. 2017 But forget sugarplums and fairies—kids these days long for much more sophisticated treats. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Vogue’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Kids, From Tots to Teens," 14 Dec. 2017 After the kids leave, the empty shop plays host to an army of Fellini-esque creatures who display some sharp parade-square moves: marzipan archers, sugarplums with spears, delicious-looking gingerbread men. Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, "New ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ is weird and wonderful in Costa Mesa," 17 Mar. 2017 Soon after the sweets first come to life, there’s a fabulously intricate dance for four male Sugarplums, four male Marzipans and four Gingerbread Men in which the three groups move in different and overlapping rhythms, styles and patterns. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Alexei Ratmansky’s Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Candyland Triumph," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of sugarplum

1627, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sugarplum

: a small, sweet candy that is usually shaped like a ball

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