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[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee]
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noun, plural con·fec·tion·er·ies.
  1. confections or sweetmeats collectively.
  2. the work or business of a confectioner.
  3. a confectioner's shop.
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Origin of confectionery

First recorded in 1535–45; confection + -ery
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Historical Examples of confectionery

  • The shop was a baker's, and the window was full of cakes and confectionery.

    The Eternal City

    Hall Caine

  • The elder sister was left for two years more alone with her confectionery.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Flowers and leaves may be bought at any confectionery and pasted on with a little icing.

    Desserts and Salads

    Gesine Lemcke

  • He had walked two blocks and the confectionery was between Marshall and Grant.

    The Street That Wasn't There

    Clifford Donald Simak

  • Here, with boyish delight, we laid in a supply of confectionery.

British Dictionary definitions for confectionery


noun plural -eries
  1. sweets and other confections collectively
  2. the art or business of a confectioner
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Word Origin and History for confectionery


1540s, "things made or sold by a confectioner," from confection + -ery. Of architectural ornamentation, from 1861.

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