[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.

Nearby words

  1. confabulate,
  2. confabulation,
  3. confarreation,
  4. confect,
  5. confection,
  6. confectioner,
  7. confectioners' sugar,
  8. confectionery,
  9. confed.,
  10. confederacy

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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British Dictionary definitions for confectionaries


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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