[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee]

noun, plural con·fec·tion·ar·ies.

a candy; sweetmeat.
a place where confections are kept or made.


pertaining to or of the nature of confections or their production.

Origin of confectionary

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin confectiōnārius, equivalent to confectiōn- confection + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -aries

a place where confections are kept or made
a rare word for confection


of or characteristic of confections
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Word Origin and History for confectionaries



c.1600, "confection maker," also "confection maker's shop," from confection + -ary. As an adjective, from 1660s.

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