sweet·​meat | \ˈswēt-ˌmēt \

Definition of sweetmeat 

: a food rich in sugar: such as

a : a candied or crystallized fruit

b : candy, confection

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Synonyms for sweetmeat


confection, sweet

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Examples of sweetmeat in a Sentence

16th-century Naples carried on a vast export trade in silks and sweetmeats

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In a tiny shop by the gate, the delicious sweetmeat has been made every day for the past 164 years with a recipe so secret the original handwritten copy is kept in the vault of a local bank. Kieran Dodds, Smithsonian, "Britain’s Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sweetmeat

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sweetmeat

: a piece of candy or a piece of fruit covered with sugar


sweet·​meat | \ˈswēt-ˌmēt \

Kids Definition of sweetmeat

: a food (as a piece of candy or candied fruit) rich in sugar

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