Definition of barley sugar in US English:

barley sugar


  • An amber-colored candy made of boiled sugar, traditionally shaped as a twisted stick.

    ‘have a stick of barley sugar’
    count noun ‘he offered me a barley sugar’
    • ‘Once again Viger's sculpture is made of edible material, this time barley sugar.’
    • ‘Nearly eight years after Victory in Europe, the limit on jelly babies, pastilles, liquorice, barley sugar sticks, lemonade powder and chocolate bars was finally lifted.’
    • ‘When I was a kid we used to get barley sugar pops.’
    • ‘I had just involuntarily completed a twenty-hour famine without the luxury of barley sugars and sneaky bites of food.’
    • ‘Melville Candy Company is a family-owned company that has been producing charming barley sugar lollipops in whimsical shapes and classic flavors for a quarter century.’
    • ‘She was a firm believer in barley sugar as a cure for travel sickness.’
    • ‘What do you mean you've never had a Barley Sugar before?’
    • ‘By the late 14th century references to penides, a barley-sugar type confection, show that some knowledge of sugar boiling existed in England.’
    • ‘To make barley sugar, white sugar is melted without water.’
    • ‘The rest of the shopping was a bit of an anti-climax after the coffee - even the stick of barley sugar I bought lost some of its significance.’
    • ‘She bit into amethysts that tasted like purple barley sugar.’
    • ‘Furthermore, barley sugars were good for sick people as they boosted glucose levels.’
    • ‘I think it has something to do with the lovely lady who presses you to take more barley sugars and stickers, and full-cream milk instead of calci-trim girl milk.’
    • ‘Cream teas, scones and barley sugars were procured with reckless abandon as bowls' core audience of the elderly and leisurely watched some stirring play in the Scottish Masters.’
    • ‘These ropelike spiral turnings were often called ‘barley twist’ for an English confection made with barley sugar in a similar shape.’


  • attributive Shaped like twisted barley-sugar sticks.

    ‘a staircase with barley-sugar banisters’
    • ‘The bottle is tall and elegant with almost a barley-sugar, twisted moulding.’
    • ‘The individually decorated rooms continue the house theme, stylish and slightly quirky - one has a vast lean-in wardrobe rescued from a girl's school, another boasts a great black four-poster with a barley sugar twist to the posts.’
    • ‘This situation is reversed in Nicholas Stone's porch for St Mary's church, Oxford, where barley-sugar columns, redolent of Bernini, support a traditional fan-vaulted roof.’


barley sugar

/ˈbɑrli ˌʃʊɡər//ˈbärlē ˌSHo͝oɡər/