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[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner] /kənˈfɛk ʃə nər/
a person who makes or sells candies and, sometimes, ice cream, cakes, etc.
Origin of confectioner
First recorded in 1585-95; confection + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The confectioner, who was a simple soul, stared at her very disconcerted.

    The City Curious Jean de Bosschre
  • A confectioner of Yvetot had been intrusted with the tarts and sweets.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • On the following night a confectioner set up a transparency exhibiting the Devil carrying off the Duke.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • If to a confectioner's for tea, as likely as not he would come in.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • When he reached the van he found that he had also reached his confectioner.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She had consulted with a friend of hers in Saltash, the wife of a confectioner.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The confectioner puffed and blew, with straining, swelling neck.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Here ends the story of Mr. David Faux, confectioner, and his brother Jacob.

    Brother Jacob George Eliot
  • As for the confectioner he was found, half cooked, in his own oven.

  • The confectioner heeded him not, when Yussuf strutted into the shop.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for confectioner


a person who makes or sells sweets or confections
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for confectioner

1590s, agent noun from confection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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