noun, plural candies.
any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
a single piece of such a confection.
Slang. cocaine.
someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination): eye candy.
verb (used with object), candied, candying.
to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
to coat with sugar: to candy dates.
to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
verb (used without object), candied, candying.
to become covered with sugar.
to crystallize into sugar.

1225–75; Middle English candi, sugre candi candied sugar < Middle French sucre candi; candiArabic qandī < Persian qandi sugar < Sanskrit khaṇḍakaḥ sugar candy

candylike, adjective Unabridged


a female given name. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
candy (ˈkændɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
2.  a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficial: arm candy
3.  informal like taking candy from a baby very easy to accomplish
vb , -dies, -dies, -dying, -died
4.  to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
5.  to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
6.  to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar
[C18: from Old French sucre candi candied sugar, from Arabic qandi candied, from qand cane sugar, of Dravidian origin]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "crystalized sugar," from O.Fr. çucre candi "sugar candy," ultimately from Arabic qandi, from Pers. qand "cane sugar," probably from Skt. khanda "piece (of sugar)," perhaps from Dravidian (cf. Tamil kantu "candy," kattu "to harden, condense"). As a verb, attested from 1530s; hence,
candied (c.1600).
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Example sentences for candy
Carbohydrates are available in the form of raisins, chocolate, candy, and fruit.
The type of candy depends on the ingredients and how long the mixture is boiled.
Candy comes in an endless variety of textures from soft and chewy to hard and
The final texture of candy depends on the sugar concentration.
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