[kuh n-fek-shuh n]
  1. a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
  2. the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
  3. a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
  4. something made up or confected; a concoction: He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
  5. something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
  6. Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to prepare as a confection.

Origin of confection

1300–50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for confectioning


  1. the act or process of compounding or mixing
  2. any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet
  3. old-fashioned an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women
  4. informal anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolousthe play was merely an ingenious confection
  5. a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc

Word Origin for confection

C14: from Old French, from Latin confectiō a preparing, from conficere to produce; see confect
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Word Origin and History for confectioning



mid-14c., confescioun, from Old French confeccion (12c., Modern French confection) "drawing up (of a treaty, etc.); article, product," in pharmacology, "mixture, compound," from Late Latin confectionem (nominative confectio) "a confection," in classical Latin, "a making, preparing," noun of action from confect-, past participle stem of conficere "to prepare," from com- "with" (see com-) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Originally "the making by means of ingredients," sense of "candy or light pastry" predominated from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

confectioning in Medicine


  1. A sweetened medicinal compound.electuary
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