sugar

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noun

sug·​ar ˈshu̇-gər How to pronounce sugar (audio)
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a
: 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
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: a unit (such as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar
3
: a sugar bowl
sugarless adjective

sugar

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verb

sugared; sugaring ˈshu̇-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sugar (audio)

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by the chronically high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood associated with diabetes. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 28 May 2023 Gluten, enriched flour, dairy and refined sugar are a few examples. Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 27 May 2023 These carried the building blocks essential to living things: amino acids, lipids, nucleosides, and sugars. Jocelyn Solis-moreira, Popular Science, 25 May 2023 Cutting out too many carbs can put a damper on your mood and make your body crave starch and sugar, which can lead to binges. Women's Health, 25 May 2023 Like all Appleton Estate rums, there is no added flavor or sugar, and it is bottled at 49 percent ABV. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 May 2023 The ice cream, in flavors like cinnamon and sugar doughnuts, peach cobbler and banana pudding, is sold online and in some stores in metro Detroit. Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2023 Simply season your steak with salt, pepper and sugar before searing. America's Test Kitchen, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2023 Strawberry, Mango & Rose Pavlova Ingredients 6 egg whites, at room temperature 1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups whipped cream 2 cups raspberries Directions Preheat the oven to 300°F. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023
Verb
For all of the many methods of body-hair removal out there—from shaving with the best razors to sugaring to waxing and everything else in between—laser hair removal (both professional and at home) is the only strategy that promises more permanent results. elle.com, 6 May 2023 There are the classic ways, which typically involve shaving, tweezing, threading, or waxing, and then there are also newer techniques like sugaring and in-office or at-home laser hair removal. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 26 Apr. 2023 The idea isn’t to sugar coat your thoughts, but to give them a reality check and put things in proper perspective, says Allen Elkin, Ph.D., director of the Stress Management & Counseling Center in New York City and author of Stress Management for Dummies. Stacey Colino, Good Housekeeping, 4 Aug. 2021 Woodlea Bakery Woodlea has been packing up paczki all weekend — sugared, powdered and granulated plus raisins — and will continue through Tuesday at both its Belair Road and Baltimore Pike locations. Michelle Deal-zimmerman, Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb. 2023 The farm has been running for over 30 years as a sustainable, organic maple syrup producer in Woodstock, Vermont, where maple trees are abundant and sugaring is a way of life. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2023 Can sugar crust be left off? Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 25 Nov. 2022 Don't sugar coat things. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 23 May 2022 There is some evidence that lemon juice can slow the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, thereby preventing a spike in blood sugar. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 22 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sugar was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sugar. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

sugar

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sug·​ar ˈshu̇g-ər How to pronounce sugar (audio)
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: a sweet substance that is made up wholly or mostly of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure, is obtained from plants (as sugarcane or sugar beets), is a source of dietary carbohydrate, and is used as a sweetener and preservative of other foods
2
: any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness and make up the simpler carbohydrates

sugar

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sugared; sugaring ˈshu̇g-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sugar (audio)
1
: to make something less hard to take or put up with
sugar advice with praise
2
: to sprinkle or mix with sugar
3
: to change to crystals of sugar
candy sugars when cooked too long
4
: to make maple syrup or maple sugar

Medical Definition

sugar

noun
sug·​ar ˈshu̇g-ər How to pronounce sugar (audio)
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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