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[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee]
noun, plural con·fec·tion·ar·ies.
  1. a candy; sweetmeat.
  2. a place where confections are kept or made.
  3. confectionery(def 3).
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of confections or their production.
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Origin of confectionary

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin confectiōnārius, equivalent to confectiōn- confection + -ārius -ary
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noun plural -aries
  1. a place where confections are kept or made
  2. a rare word for confection
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  1. of or characteristic of confections
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Word Origin and History for confectionary


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

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