Rows of chocolate candies.
- The definition of candy is a sweet treat usually made with sugar.
Gumdrops and Snickers bars are an example of candy.
- To candy is defined as to cook with a sugar syrup, or to make into a crystal form.
When you use a sugar syrup to glaze yams, this is an example of when you candy yams.
- crystallized sugar made by boiling and evaporating cane sugar, syrup, etc.
- a sweet food, usually in small pieces or bars, made mainly from sugar or syrup, with flavoring, fruit, chocolate, nuts, etc. added
- a piece of such food
Origin of candy; from sugar candy ; from Middle English (sugre) candi ; from Old French (sucre) candi ; from OIt (zucchero) candi ; from Arabic qandi ; from Persian qand, cane sugar; probably ; from Sanskrit khaṇḍa, piece (of sugar)
transitive verbcandied, candying
- to cook in or with sugar or syrup, esp. to preserve, glaze, or encrust
- to crystallize into or like sugar
- to sweeten; make pleasant
Origin of candyFr candir < It candire < candi: see the candy
- a. A rich sweet confection made with sugar and often flavored or combined with fruits or nuts.b. A piece of such a confection.
- Slang An illicit drug, especially one, such as cocaine, that has a sugary appearance or a drug in pill form, such as MDMA.
transitive verbcan·died, can·dy·ing, can·dies
Origin of candyMiddle English candi, crystallized cane sugar, short for sugre-candi, partial translation of Old French sucre candi, ultimately from Arabic sukkar qandī : sukkar, sugar + qandī, consisting of sugar lumps (from qand, lump of crystallized sugar, from an Indic source akin to Pali ka&nlowdot;&dlowdot;a-, from Sanskrit kha&nlowdot;&dlowdot;aka&hlowdot;, from kha&nlowdot;&dlowdot;a&hlowdot;, piece, fragment, perhaps of Munda origin).
(countable and uncountable, plural candies)
(third-person singular simple present candies, present participle candying, simple past and past participle candied)
From Old French sucre candi ("candy sugar"), from Arabic قندي (qandi, “candied”), from Arabic قند (qand, “hard candy made by boiling cane sugar”), from Persian کند (kand); ultimately from Sanskrit खण्ड (khaṇḍa, “candied sugar”), root खण्ड् (khaṇḍ, “to divide, break into pieces”), or from Proto-Dravidian *kaṇṭu; compare Tamil கண்டு (kantu, “hard candy”).