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[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee] /kənˈfɛk ʃəˌnɛr i/
noun, plural confectioneries.
confections or sweetmeats collectively.
the work or business of a confectioner.
a confectioner's shop.
Origin of confectionery
1535-45; confection + -ery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for confectionery
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  • They think the trouble is with the confectionery, and so they try macaroon and pistachio instead of lemon and vanilla.

    We Girls: A Home Story Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • They announced that they would show me the way to the confectionery.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • It may be coloured with any pf the stains used for confectionery or liqueurs.

  • But, having entered, there was no way of escaping the confectionery.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • It is frequently used to communicate a fine flavour to liqueurs, confectionery, wine, &c. See Fruits and Vegetables.

  • It was really the same with Mr. David Faux and the confectionery business.

    Brother Jacob George Eliot
  • In the market-place you find stalls containing all sorts of things—toys, clothing, and confectionery.

  • Is this gentleman here in the confectionery line your brother, then, sir?

    Brother Jacob George Eliot
  • At the supper, which was served at midnight, one of the features was the striking pieces of confectionery.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • The shop was a baker's, and the window was full of cakes and confectionery.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for confectionery


noun (pl) -eries
sweets and other confections collectively
the art or business of a confectioner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for confectionery

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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