[ shoog-er-lohf ]

noun,plural sug·ar·loaves [shoog-er-lohvz]. /ˈʃʊg ərˌloʊvz/.
  1. a large, usually conical loaf or mass of hard refined sugar: the common form of household sugar until the mid-19th century.

  2. anything resembling this in shape.

Origin of sugarloaf

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

Other definitions for sugar-loaf (2 of 2)


or sug·ar-loafed

[ shoog-er-lohf ]

  1. resembling a sugar-loaf.

Origin of sugar-loaf

First recorded in 1600–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sugarloaf in a sentence

  • Occasionally there was a figure which had lost its capital, and so looked like a broken pillar, a sugar loaf, a pear.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • On his head, he wore a broad-brimmed sugar-loaf hat, garnished with a single feather.

    The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
  • The shape was either of the sugar-loaf order or a cylinder surmounted by a truncated cone (Fig. 20).

    Armour & Weapons | Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The moon had peeped over the shoulder of a sugar-loaf peak, and flooded the world in cobalt.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • XIX., be two bell-stones; d is part of a cone (a sugar-loaf upside down, with its point cut off); f part of a four-sided pyramid.

British Dictionary definitions for sugar loaf

sugar loaf

  1. a large conical mass of hard refined sugar: See also loaf sugar

  2. something resembling this in shape

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