- the act or process of confecting
- any kind of candy or other sweet preparation, such as ice cream or preserves
- a sweetened mixture of drugs; electuary
- a product or work having a frivolous, whimsical, or contrived effect
- a fancy, stylish article of women's clothing
Origin of confectionMiddle English confeccioun from Old French confeccion from Classical Latin confectio
- The act or process of confecting or the result of it: “These sentiments are not the confection of a consummate courtroom actor” ( Ron Rosenbaum )
- A sweet prepared food, such as candy or cake.
- A sweetened medicinal compound; an electuary.
- A piece displaying splendid craft, skill, and work: The gown was a confection of satin and appliqué.
transitive verbcon·fec·tioned, con·fec·tion·ing, con·fec·tions
- A food item prepared very sweet, frequently decorated in fine detail, and often preserved with sugar, such as a candy, sweetmeat, fruit preserve, pastry, cake or the like.
- The table was covered with all sorts of tempting confections.
- The act or process of confecting; the process of making, compounding, or preparing something.
- The result of such a process; something made up or confected; a concoction.
- The defense attorney maintained that the charges were a confection of the local police.
- (dated) An artistic, musical, or literary work taken as frivolous, amusing, or contrived; a composition of a light nature.
- (dated) Something, such as a garment or a decoration, seen as very elaborate, delicate, or luxurious, usually also seen as impractical or non-utilitarian.
- (pharmacology) A preparation of medicine sweetened with sugar, honey, syrup, or the like; an electuary.
(third-person singular simple present confections, present participle confectioning, simple past and past participle confectioned)
- To make into a confection, prepare as a confection.
Middle English confescioun, from Old French confeccion (French confection), from Latin confectionem (nominative confectio), from confectus, past participle of conficere (“to prepare”), from com- (“with”) + facere (“to make, do”). Originally "the making by means of ingredients"; sense of "candy or light pastry" predominant since 1500's.