Definition of candy in English:



North American
  • 1mass noun Sweets; confectionery.

    as modifier ‘a candy bar’
    count noun ‘pink and yellow candies’
    • ‘Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.’
    • ‘I answer through a mouthful of chocolate candies.’
    • ‘Albanians enjoy a variety of candies, cookies, custards, sweet breads, and preserves.’
    • ‘Children and adults wearing braces have to be aware of candies with caramel and nuts.’
    • ‘It didn't take long to arrive at Sweet Treats, her favourite candy store in Greenwood, where all varieties of chocolates and candies were sold.’
    • ‘Unlike refined sugars found in candy and desserts, these simple sugars bring energy in a nutritious way.’
    • ‘Chew sugarless gum, suck on sugarless candy, and drink plenty of unsweetened fluids.’
    • ‘These sweeteners are most often found in sugar-free candies, gum and ice cream.’
    • ‘Write down everything that you eat including cakes, candies and snacks.’
    • ‘Use a variety of candies to decorate, like raisins, red hots, gum drops, etc.’
    • ‘First prize was a large piece of maple-sugar candy with walnuts.’
    • ‘More than most candies, fudge requires precision in temperature and technique.’
    • ‘Other studies of potato chips and chocolate candies show drastic increases in snacking when the subject is given a larger bag of food.’
    • ‘Simple sugars such as candy and sodas will give you a quick energy high and then drop you flat in mood and strength.’
    • ‘And the restaurant sells its own line of chocolate candies, brownies, and sumptuous dessert toppings from a retail counter up front.’
    • ‘I stocked up on some sugar free candy for the train trip, and strolled back.’
    • ‘I pass the video games and unattended snack bar, noting that there are candies on display.’
    • ‘But most cereals are full of sugar and flavored like candy, cookies or doughnuts.’
    • ‘These are hard peppermint candies with a chocolate filling.’
    • ‘At one store, they found a very large assortment of fine candies and chocolates.’
    sweets, bonbons
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    1. 1.1British Sugar crystallized by repeated boiling and slow evaporation.
      ‘making candy at home is not difficult—the key is cooking the syrup to the right temperature’
      • ‘It's much like candy in that respect, it's shiny and tasty, but not really filling.’
      • ‘Although the history of pulled sugar and pulled candy goes back to the Middle Ages, rock with letters in it is probably a recent invention.’


[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective candied
  • Preserve (fruit) by coating and impregnating it with a sugar syrup.

    ‘candied fruit’
    • ‘I had half a mind to make some kind of winter squash soup, and was toying with the idea of adding candied orange peel to make it more interesting.’
    • ‘Soon after, apricots, peaches, honey and candied fruits come into play as you sip towards the bottom of the glass.’
    • ‘She sorts the bread into different types and points out one piece that's full of candied fruit and spices, insisting I taste some.’
    • ‘Generally, these fruits are candied, but they may also be eaten fresh.’
    • ‘An Aussie sweet wine that never lets you down, this is a perfumed, floral style with notes of orange peel and candied fruits.’
    • ‘Scents wafted from the stands: candied apples, cooked sausages, and fresh breads.’
    • ‘Okay, it's not exactly sugar-free, since some of the dried fruits are candied with sugar.’
    • ‘Glistening candied clementines stunned us with their gorgeous color.’
    • ‘She took him to Inverness and laid a picnic on Shell Beach, and then he made her a dinner that included candied walnuts.’
    • ‘Once candied, these cherries will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.’
    • ‘You can buy anything, from steamed dumplings to grilled meats, to hot soups to pancakes or candied fresh fruit.’
    • ‘I'm not a big fan of fruitcake; candied fruit is not my thing.’
    • ‘If you can't make it to the orchards this year but would like to re-create a little of that harvest fun at home, try making some candied apples.’
    • ‘Cardamom seeds and candied citron may be difficult to find; try the local health food store.’
    • ‘Soon he is asking my opinion of a gingery chutney full of succulent candied orange peel and honey infused with rose petals.’
    • ‘Jetta was helping herself to some candied fruits and a summer salad.’
    • ‘At my outdoor market, I've been buying colorful blood oranges from Tunisia and Spain and making refreshing sorbets, then candying the peel to serve alongside.’
    • ‘It was a chocolate cake with white frosting and candied cherries on top.’
    • ‘It was garnished with some candied orange peel, all of which combined perfectly with my glass of Muscat De Lunel.’
    • ‘I also had some sultana raisins and candied zest of bitter oranges from Spain.’


  • be like a kid in a candy store (or shop)

    • Have many enticing options from which it is difficult to make a selection.

      ‘when I hit the market I'm like a kid in a candy store’


Mid 17th century (as a verb): the noun use is from late Middle English sugar-candy, from French sucre candi ‘crystallized sugar’, from Arabic sukkar ‘sugar’ + qandī ‘candied’, based on Sanskrit khaṇḍa ‘fragment’.