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  1. a sweet delicacy, prepared with sugar, honey, or the like, as preserves, candy, or, formerly, cakes or pastry.
  2. Usually sweetmeats. any sweet delicacy of the confectionery or candy kind, as candied fruit, sugar-covered nuts, sugarplums, bonbons, or balls or sticks of candy.

Origin of sweetmeat

before 1150; Old English swētmete (not recorded in ME); see sweet, meat
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  1. a sweetened delicacy, such as a preserve, sweet, or, formerly, a cake or pastry
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