1. a sugarcoated nut or candy.
  2. a small, beadlike piece of candy, usually silver-colored and used for decorating cookies, cake, and the like.
  3. a sugarcoated medication.

Origin of dragée

1850–55; < French; Old French dragee, dragie < Medieval Latin drageia < Medieval Greek *dragéa, for Greek tragḗma sweetmeat, dried fruit
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Examples from the Web for dragees

Historical Examples of dragees

  • When a child is born, the parents should send to all their friends a box of dragees—that is, sugared almonds or sugar-plums.

British Dictionary definitions for dragees


  1. a sweet made of a nut, fruit, etc, coated with a hard sugar icing
  2. a tiny beadlike sweet used for decorating cakes, etc
  3. a medicinal formulation coated with sugar to disguise the taste

Word Origin for dragée

C19: from French; see dredge ²
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dragees in Medicine


  1. A small, often medicated candy.
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