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noun,plural can·dies.
  1. any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.

  2. a single piece of such a confection.

  1. Slang. cocaine.

  2. someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination): The show is candy, but enjoy it for what it is. : See also arm candy, ear candy, eye candy.

verb (used with object),can·died, can·dy·ing.
  1. to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.

  2. to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.

  1. to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.

  2. to coat with sugar: to candy dates.

  3. to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.

verb (used without object),can·died, can·dy·ing.
  1. to become covered with sugar.

  2. to crystallize into sugar.

Origin of candy

1225–75; Middle English candi, sugre candi candied sugar <Middle French sucre candi; candi ≪ Arabic qandī<Persian qandi sugar <Sanskrit khaṇḍakaḥ sugar candy

Other words from candy

  • can·dy·like, adjective

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  1. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for candy


/ (ˈkændɪ) /

nounplural -dies
  1. mainly US and Canadian confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc

  2. a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy

  1. like taking candy from a baby informal very easy to accomplish

verb-dies, -dying or -died
  1. to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling

  2. to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar

  1. to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar

Origin of candy

C18: from Old French sucre candi candied sugar, from Arabic qandi candied, from qand cane sugar, of Dravidian origin

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