fondant

[fon-duhnt; French fawn-dahn]
noun
1.
a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
2.
a candy made of this paste.

Origin:
1875–80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3

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fondant (ˈfɒndənt)
 
n
1.  a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
2.  a sweet made of this mixture
 
adj
3.  (of a colour) soft; pastel
 
[C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found³]

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fondant
1877, from Fr. fondant, from fondre to melt (see found (2)).
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fondant

confection of sugar, syrup, and water, and sometimes milk, cream, or butter, that is cooked and beaten so as to render the sugar crystals imperceptible to the tongue. The candy is characteristically glossy white in colour, velvety in texture, and plastic in consistency.

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Example sentences
Fill an oiled border-mould with three layers of melted fondant.
Shareable treats include warm chocolate fondant and apple tarts, which guests
  may partner with dessert wines.
It was handmade from sugar syrup, fondant, and marshmallows.
Make some grey-colored fondant for the base and white for the body.
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