Definition of barley sugar in English:

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barley sugar

Pronunciation: /ˈbärlē ˌSHo͝oɡər/

noun

An amber-colored candy made of boiled sugar, traditionally shaped as a twisted stick.
Example sentences
  • Nearly eight years after Victory in Europe, the limit on jelly babies, pastilles, liquorice, barley sugar sticks, lemonade powder and chocolate bars was finally lifted.
  • To make barley sugar, white sugar is melted without water.
  • The rest of the shopping was a bit of an anti-climax after the coffee - even the stick of barley sugar I bought lost some of its significance.

adjective

(barley-sugar) [attributive]
Shaped like twisted barley-sugar sticks.
Example sentences
  • The bottle is tall and elegant with almost a barley-sugar, twisted moulding.
  • This situation is reversed in Nicholas Stone's porch for St Mary's church, Oxford, where barley-sugar columns, redolent of Bernini, support a traditional fan-vaulted roof.
  • The individually decorated rooms continue the house theme, stylish and slightly quirky - one has a vast lean-in wardrobe rescued from a girl's school, another boasts a great black four-poster with a barley sugar twist to the posts.

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Syllabification: bar·ley sug·ar

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