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confectionery

[kuh n-fek-shuh-ner-ee] /kənˈfɛk ʃəˌnɛr i/
noun, plural confectioneries.
1.
confections or sweetmeats collectively.
2.
the work or business of a confectioner.
3.
a confectioner's shop.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; confection + -ery
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  • Most sales of candy and confectionery are subject to sales tax.
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  • The pink and turquoise stucco walls fit right in with the confectionery architecture of the surrounding shopping mall.
  • Many confectionery manufacturers record up to a third of their annual revenues during the month preceding the festivities.
  • These items are chocolate crumb, mixtures of animal and vegetable fats and oils, and sugar confectionery not containing cocoa.
  • Halvah confectionery based on tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds.
  • As an aromatic confectionery, cubeb was often candied and eaten whole.
British Dictionary definitions for confectionery

confectionery

/kənˈfɛkʃənərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
sweets and other confections collectively
2.
the art or business of a confectioner
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Word Origin and History for confectionery
n.

1540s, "things made or sold by a confectioner," from confection + -ery. Of architectural ornamentation, from 1861.

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