[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner]


a person who makes or sells candies and, sometimes, ice cream, cakes, etc.

Origin of confectioner

First recorded in 1585–95; confection + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for confectioner

Historical Examples of confectioner

  • They wanted to take me to the confectioner's to have something, but I refused.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A confectioner of Yvetot had been intrusted with the tarts and sweets.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • He was by trade a sugar-baker (confectioner), and from 1752 to 1755 was a selectman of Charlestown.

    Tea Leaves


  • If to a confectioner's for tea, as likely as not he would come in.


    John Galsworthy

  • She had consulted with a friend of hers in Saltash, the wife of a confectioner.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for confectioner



a person who makes or sells sweets or confections
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Word Origin and History for confectioner

1590s, agent noun from confection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper