Definition of confection in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈfekSH(ə)n/


1A dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients: a whipped chocolate and cream confection
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  • Whipped cream adds a touch of luxury to almost any dessert and is essential for certain sweet confections such as ice cream sundaes.
  • Daily specials keep things lively, from a haunting goat-cheese flan to a melting confection of strawberries and coconut ice cream.
  • It adds interest to steamed rice and is often used in fruit salads, pudding, homemade ice cream and other confections.
1.1An elaborately constructed thing, especially a frivolous one: the city is a classical confection of shimmering gold
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  • And yes, his canvases are gorgeous - well-executed mixed media confections filled with vivid iconography and fresh colour combinations.
  • Galliano has always had a playful spirit with clothes, literally whipping them into confections of pure fantasy.
  • This has it all, a peculiar confection of tall tales and reality blended together in a strange and moving way.
1.2A fashionable or elaborate article of women’s dress: she was wearing some white confection with an enormous satin bow
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  • The pink confection of a dress complemented her short frame and gentle curves perfectly.
  • The dozens of bridal magazines on sale are nothing more than glorified catalogues, advertising fairy princess confections of corsets, bows and buttons intended to make you look like someone you have never met before.
  • The costume was a confection of palest pink mesh with sparkly sprays of rhinestones.
2The action of mixing or compounding something.
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  • This allowed greater use of that process on the confection of prostheses compared to the brazing process.
  • In the confection of senna it will be seen that the liquorice root has been discarded, while some little alteration has been admitted with respect to the other ingredients.
  • They tend also to entail independent research and the confection of term papers of varying lengths.



Pronunciation: /kənˈfekSHəˌnerē/
Example sentences
  • Each song is a confectionary pop gem, full of overflowing synth lines and the vocoded Lidbo, repeating simple declarations such as ‘I will never forget.’
  • This DVD emphasizes teamwork, cooperation, and problem-solving skills, but it is highly likely that its message will be lost amidst the confectionary bliss.
  • The rule: they had to eat whatever bean they got, be it ‘blueberry’ or ‘sardine’ - a sort of confectionary Russian Roulette.


Middle English (in the general sense 'something made by mixing', especially a medicinal preparation): via Old French from Latin confectio(n-), from conficere 'put together' (see confect).

Words that rhyme with confection

abjection, affection, circumspection, collection, complexion, connection, convection, correction, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, genuflection, imperfection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, insurrection, interconnection, interjection, intersection, introspection, lection, misdirection, objection, perfection, predilection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resurrection, retrospection, section, selection, subjection, transection, vivisection

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Syllabification: con·fec·tion

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