Definition of candy in English:


Syllabification: can·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈkandē

noun (plural candies)

1 (also sugar candy) North American A sweet food made with sugar or syrup combined with fruit, chocolate, or nuts: [as modifier]: a candy bar pink and yellow candies
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  • And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.
  • I answer through a mouthful of chocolate candies.
  • Other studies of potato chips and chocolate candies show drastic increases in snacking when the subject is given a larger bag of food.
bonbon, confectionery, sweet
1.1Sugar crystallized by repeated boiling and slow evaporation.
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  • Although the history of pulled sugar and pulled candy goes back to the Middle Ages, rock with letters in it is probably a recent invention.
  • It's much like candy in that respect, it's shiny and tasty, but not really filling.

verb (candies, candying, candied)

[with object] (often as adjective candied) Back to top  
Preserve (fruit) by coating and impregnating it with a sugar syrup: candied fruit
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  • Okay, it's not exactly sugar-free, since some of the dried fruits are candied with sugar.
  • Generally, these fruits are candied, but they may also be eaten fresh.
  • I'm not a big fan of fruitcake; candied fruit is not my thing.


mid 17th century (as a verb): the noun use is from late Middle English sugar-candy, from French sucre candi 'crystallized sugar', from Arabic sukkar 'sugar' + qandī 'candied', based on Sanskrit khaṇḍa 'fragment'.

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