Archaic. a sweet delicacy, as a candy or candied fruit, or, originally, a cake or pastry.
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How to use sweetmeat in a sentence
The fork end was used to lift sticky sweetmeats out of pottery jars; the spoon end was used to scoop up the luscious syrup.
Queen Elizabeth I owned forks for sweetmeats but chose to use her fingers instead, finding the spearing motion to be crude.
As sugary sweetmeats or “suckets” became more common among the rich, so the need for these forks increased.
They bring corn and pulse, bacon and sweetmeats, to the sea-coast, hides and tallow also at times.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
They should be treated kindly, but not allowed too many toys and sweetmeats, nor too much flattery.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
We were offered sweetmeats and fruits, sprinkled with rosewater, and some attar of roses was put upon our handkerchiefs.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
They then went into a room where little pages handed them sweetmeats and gingerbread-nuts.Rudy and Babette | Hans Christian Andersen
Whereat they all laughed, which made Fina cry, to be consoled only by some sweetmeats which Josephine found in her work-basket.
British Dictionary definitions for sweetmeat
a sweetened delicacy, such as a preserve, sweet, or, formerly, a cake or pastry
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