con·​fec·​tion·​ery | \ kən-ˈfek-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce confectionery (audio) \
plural confectioneries

Definition of confectionery

1 : the confectioner's art or business
2 : sweet foods (such as candy or pastry)
3 : a confectioner's shop

Examples of confectionery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Total seasonal confectionery sales are up 20% over last year, for the five-week period ending Dec. 5, according to the National Confectioners Association and IRI market data. Reuters, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 The first phase of the confectionery’s multi-phase expansion plan includes a 304,000-square-foot addition attached to the current building with additional parking to the rear of the building. Karen Caffarini,, 3 Dec. 2021 Sitting outside a century-old confectionery in southern Indiana, Jim Schroeder popped a piece of candy into his mouth and laid out my future. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 The confectionery works, which call for the bakers to draw from the concept of fear, will be judged by Snoop and Martha alongside food content creator Alvin Zhou. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2021 The two-story commercial building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally housed a confectionery followed by a variety of eateries, including the the Golden Mushroom and Toadstool Lounge in the 1970s. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 At Travel Retail Norway, category manager Frank Hansen pointed out that sustainability continues to grow in importance in the Nordics, where confectionery is also heavily consumed. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The neighborhood cafe stayed open throughout much of the last 16 months due to takeout service, buoyed by the confectionery’s national chocolate-shipping service. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Most Afghan families in Delhi run restaurants, bakeries, and other confectionery shops. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of confectionery

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confectionery

confection(er) + -ery

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The first known use of confectionery was in 1751

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confectioners' sugar



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28 Dec 2021

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“Confectionery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of confectionery

: sweet foods (such as fudge and candy)

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