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confectioner

[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner] /kənˈfɛk ʃə nər/
noun
1.
a person who makes or sells candies and, sometimes, ice cream, cakes, etc.
Origin of confectioner
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; confection + -er1
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Examples from the Web for confectioner
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  • They wanted to take me to the confectioner's to have something, but I refused.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A confectioner of Yvetot had been intrusted with the tarts and sweets.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • He was by trade a sugar-baker (confectioner), and from 1752 to 1755 was a selectman of Charlestown.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • If to a confectioner's for tea, as likely as not he would come in.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • 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
  • Here ends the story of Mr. David Faux, confectioner, and his brother Jacob.

    Brother Jacob George Eliot
  • “I am Yussuf, and my trust is in God,” said Yussuf, looking at the confectioner.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • The confectioner heeded him not, when Yussuf strutted into the shop.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • Your indulgence, my aga,” replied the confectioner; “I will return in one minute.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • Soon the chamberlain returned, bringing the confectioner with him.

British Dictionary definitions for confectioner

confectioner

/kənˈfɛkʃənə/
noun
1.
a person who makes or sells sweets or confections
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Word Origin and History for confectioner
n.

1590s, agent noun from confection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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