- a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
- the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
- a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
- something made up or confected; a concoction: He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
- something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
- Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
- Archaic. to prepare as a confection.
Origin of confection
- the act or process of compounding or mixing
- any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet
- old-fashioned an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women
- informal anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolousthe play was merely an ingenious confection
- a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc
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.
- A sweetened medicinal compound.electuary