Definition of dragée in English:



  • 1A sweet consisting of a centre covered with a coating, such as a sugared almond.

    • ‘They were inspired by the traditional French confectionery item, dragées, which are provided by godmothers for guests at christenings, and which originally had an almond in the centre.’
    • ‘In the confectionery industry today, fruit pastes appear to have been reduced to a minor role as centres for fondant, chocolates, and dragées.’
    1. 1.1A small silver ball for decorating a cake.
      • ‘Once iced you can apply silver dragées, or other sprinkles just as mentioned with the frosting above, before it hardens.’
      • ‘Silver dragées, often used for cake decorations, are dragées given a final tumbling with a little gum solution and sheets of fine silver leaf in a glass pan.’


Late 17th century (also denoting a mixture of spices): French, from Old French dragie (see dredge).