noun pl. can·dies
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
To cook, preserve, saturate, or coat with sugar or syrup: candy apples; candy ginger.
Origin of candy
Middle 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
) ( from kha&nlowdot;&dlowdot;ah piece, fragment
) ( perhaps of Munda origin
(countable and uncountable, plural candies)
- (uncountable, chiefly US) Edible, sweet-tasting confectionery containing sugar, or sometimes artificial sweeteners, and often flavored with fruit, chocolate, nuts, herbs and spices, or artificial flavors.
- (countable, chiefly US) A piece of confectionery of this kind.
(third-person singular simple present candies, present participle candying, simple past and past participle candied)
- (cooking) To cook in, or coat with, sugar syrup.
- (intransitive) To have sugar crystals form in or on.
- Fruits preserved in sugar candy after a time.
- (intransitive) To be formed into candy; to solidify in a candylike form or mass.
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”).
- (obsolete) a unit of mass used in southern India, equal to twenty maunds, roughly equal to 500 pounds avoirdupois but varying locally.
From Marathi खंडी (khaṇḍī), from Sanskrit खण्डन (khaṇḍana), from root खण्ड् (khaṇḍ, “to divide, break into pieces”).
- A pet form of the female given name Candace or Candice.