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Origin of sugar

1250–1300; Middle English sugre, sucre (noun) <Middle French sucre<Medieval Latin succārum<Italian zucchero<Arabic sukkar; obscurely akin to Persian shakar,Greek sákcharon (see sacchar-)

OTHER WORDS FROM sugar

sug·ar·less, adjectivesug·ar·like, adjectivenon·sug·ar, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sugar (1 of 2)

sugar
/ (ˈʃʊɡə) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of sugar

sugarless, adjectivesugar-like, adjective

Word Origin for sugar

C13 suker, from Old French çucre, from Medieval Latin zuccārum, from Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, from Sanskrit śarkarā

British Dictionary definitions for sugar (2 of 2)

Sugar
/ (ˈʃʊɡə) /

noun
Alan (Michael). Baron. born 1947, British electronics entrepreneur; chairman of Amstrad (1968–2008); noted for his BBC series The Apprentice (from 2005)
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Scientific definitions for sugar

sugar
[ shugər ]

Any of a class of crystalline carbohydrates that are water-soluble, have a characteristic sweet taste, and are universally present in animals and plants. They are characterized by the many OH groups they contain. Sugars are monosaccharides or small oligosaccharides, and include sucrose, glucose, and lactose.
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