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Confectionary \Con*fec"tion*a*ry\, a. Prepared as a confection.

The biscuit or confectionary plum.


Confectionary \Con*fec"tion*a*ry\, n. [Cf. LL. confectionaris a pharmacist.] A confectioner. [Obs.]

He will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks.
--1 Sam. viii. 13.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "confection maker," also "confection maker's shop," from confection + -ary. As an adjective, from 1660s.


a. 1 Relating to, or of the nature of confections or their production. 2 Prepared as a confection. n. A candy, sweetmeat; a confection.

Usage examples of "confectionary".

He now led her, and she suffered him, to a seat near the banquet, at which he pressed her to partake of a variety of confectionaries, particularly of some liquors, of which he himself drank freely: Adeline accepted only of a peach.

From there he went into Charlotte's Confectionaries, and bought a kilo box of mixed truffles as a dinner courtesy gift.

The confectionary was hard to the touch and warm, but the crust broke easily in the mouth and the inner portion was at once considerably warmer and softer.

The confectionary chefs are working out a very special ice pudding for the occasion.

The Abbess was so well disposed that she invited him to have a cup of the celebrated aromatic chocolate of the Clarissans, with the anisette biscuits and confectionary miracles reserved for the elect.

For there, in the very center of the confectionary rubble, his green belly swollen like a pumpkin, squatted the salamander.

Her closest friend was that same Immu who had been the royal midwife and her nurse, who now served as the Citadel apothecary, brewing not only potions and simples but also sweet perfumes, confectionary essences, and very good beer.

There was an altar, very low, with frangipani flowers, scented like confectionary, and something killed that had been picked clean.