[ kuhn-fek-shuhn ]
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  1. a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.

  2. the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.

  1. a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.

  2. something made up or confected; a concoction: He said the charges were a confection of the local police.

  3. something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.

  4. Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.

verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to prepare as a confection.

Origin of confection

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English confeccioun, from Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō ) “preparation, conclusion, completion”; see origin at confect, -ion

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How to use confection in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for confection


/ (kənˈfɛkʃən) /

  1. the act or process of compounding or mixing

  2. any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet

  1. old-fashioned an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women

  2. informal anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolous: the play was merely an ingenious confection

  3. a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc

Origin of confection

C14: from Old French, from Latin confectiō a preparing, from conficere to produce; see confect

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