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[kuh n-fek-shuh n] /kənˈfɛk ʃən/
a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy.
the process of compounding, preparing, or making something.
a frivolous, amusing, or contrived play, book, or other artistic or literary work.
something made up or confected; a concoction:
He said the charges were a confection of the local police.
something, as a garment or decorative object, that is very delicate, elaborate, or luxurious and usually nonutilitarian.
Pharmacology. a medicated preparation made with the aid of sugar, honey, syrup, or the like.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to prepare as a confection.
1300-50; Middle English < Latin confectiōn- (stem of confectiō) completion, equivalent to confect- (see confect) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confections
  • These confections may be used at dinner in place of bonbons or ginger chips.
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  • If you're feeling creative, you may want to try making your own confections.
  • Try its special hot chocolate, along with exquisite confections.
  • The sisters will go to the hotel twice during the holiday season to teach guests or locals how to make their cute confections.
  • The sweet confections from these bakeries have put them on the map, and indulging in one of them will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • True to its billing, the box cleaned itself easily, leaving the litter free of unwanted confections in seconds.
  • Do expect an encyclopedic collection of wrapped and tinned confections.
  • He never made it all the way through a single one of those irksome confections.
British Dictionary definitions for confections


the act or process of compounding or mixing
any sweet preparation of fruit, nuts, etc, such as a preserve or a sweet
(old-fashioned) an elaborate article of clothing, esp for women
(informal) anything regarded as overelaborate or frivolous: the play was merely an ingenious confection
a medicinal drug sweetened with sugar, honey, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin confectiō a preparing, from conficere to produce; see confect
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Word Origin and History for confections



mid-14c., confescioun, from Old French confeccion (12c., Modern French confection) "drawing up (of a treaty, etc.); article, product," in pharmacology, "mixture, compound," from Late Latin confectionem (nominative confectio) "a confection," in classical Latin, "a making, preparing," noun of action from confect-, past participle stem of conficere "to prepare," from com- "with" (see com-) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Originally "the making by means of ingredients," sense of "candy or light pastry" predominated from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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confections in Medicine

confection con·fec·tion (kən-fěk'shən)
A sweetened medicinal compound. Also called electuary.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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confections in the Bible

(Ex. 30:35, "ointment" in ver. 25; R.V., "perfume"). The Hebrew word so rendered is derived from a root meaning to compound oil and perfume.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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