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-)

Related forms

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

British Dictionary definitions for sugars (2 of 2)

sugar

/ (ˈʃʊɡə) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

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
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Medicine definitions for sugars

sugar

[ shugər ]

n.

A crystalline or powdered substance consisting of sucrose obtained mainly from sugar cane and sugar beets and used in many medicines to improve their taste.
Any of a class of water-soluble crystalline carbohydrates, including sucrose and lactose, having a characteristically sweet taste and classified as monosaccharides, disaccharides, and trisaccharides.
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Science definitions for sugars

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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Culture definitions for sugars

sugars


Carbohydrates that can supply energy to living things. Common table sugar is sucrose. Some other sugars are fructose, which is found in fruits; lactose, which is found in milk; and glucose, which is the most common sugar in the bodies of animals and plants.

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