- 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.
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- 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: ; 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)
- 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: Fr candir < It candire < candi: see the candy
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noun pl. can·dies
- A rich sweet confection made with sugar and often flavored or combined with fruits or nuts.
- A piece of such a confection.
- To reduce to sugar crystals.
- To cook, preserve, saturate, or coat with sugar or syrup.
- To make pleasant or agreeable; sweeten.
- To become crystallized into sugar.
- To become coated with sugar or syrup.
Origin: Middle English candi, crystallized cane sugar, short for sugre-candi, translation of Old French sucre candi and Old Italian zucchero candi, both from Arabic sukkar qandīy : sukkar, sugar + qandīy, candied (from qand, cane sugar, probably from Dravidian kaṇṭu, lump).