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confectionery

[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee] /kənˈfɛk ʃəˌnɛr i/
noun, plural confectioneries.
1.
confections or sweetmeats collectively.
2.
the work or business of a confectioner.
3.
a confectioner's shop.
Origin of confectionery
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; confection + -ery
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Examples from the Web for confectionery
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  • The shop was a baker's, and the window was full of cakes and confectionery.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The elder sister was left for two years more alone with her confectionery.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Flowers and leaves may be bought at any confectionery and pasted on with a little icing.

    Desserts and Salads Gesine Lemcke
  • He had walked two blocks and the confectionery was between Marshall and Grant.

    The Street That Wasn't There Clifford Donald Simak
  • Here, with boyish delight, we laid in a supply of confectionery.

  • It is not, however, altogether harmless, and should not be used in confectionery or the like.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • Did she intend to keep the pendant and exchange it for confectionery?

  • There were counters and carts for cider, gingerbread and confectionery.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • It was too small for confectionery; it might be—she had coveted a pair of bracelets.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • They announced that they would show me the way to the confectionery.

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    Herbert Adams Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for confectionery

confectionery

/kənˈfɛkʃənərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
sweets and other confections collectively
2.
the art or business of a confectioner
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Word Origin and History for confectionery
n.

1540s, "things made or sold by a confectioner," from confection + -ery. Of architectural ornamentation, from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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