sug·​ar·​plum ˈshu̇-gər-ˌpləm How to pronounce sugarplum (audio)
: a small candy in the shape of a ball or disk : sweetmeat

Examples of sugarplum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See visions of sugarplums dance in your head and on stage in this beloved holiday classic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 Most illustrators play up the coziness of the tale, what with children all snug in their beds dreaming of sugarplums and suchlike, but the friendly lines and marzipan colors of Ms. Beech’s naif illustrations take coziness to a new level. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Bedrooms, after all, are the venue for those visions of sugarplums. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 11 Aug. 2023 Kids who heard sugarplum promises back in 2005, when the project first started rolling, may have children of their own now. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 22 Feb. 2023 Happy birthday, sugarplum. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 27 Jan. 2023 Clara’s imagination comes to life in this annual production that showcases an international cast of more than 100 dancers, with twirling sugarplum fairies and snowflakes that swirl across the stage. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Your holiday dreams revolve less around sugarplums and more around that first, perfect cup of life-giving coffee — now, imagine a machine (the DeLonghi Eletta espresso maker) that grinds your beans fresh, froths your milk and makes the espresso. Cindy Dampier,, 7 Nov. 2019 With the whirlwind season winding down and a new year on the horizon, there’s no such thing as too much self-care. Eggnog, candy canes, sugarplums, and gingerbread . . Vogue, 12 Nov. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sugarplum was in 1627

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“Sugarplum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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sug·​ar·​plum ˈshu̇g-ər-ˌpləm How to pronounce sugarplum (audio)
: a round piece of candy
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