Candy

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Candy

  1. A pet form of the female given name Candace or Candice.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Venetian and Latin Candia from Ancient Greek Χάνδαξ (Khándax) or Χάνδακας (Khándakas) from Arabic ربض الخندق (Rabḍ al-Ḫandaq) (name of the Cretan city of Heraklion under the Emirate of Crete).

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Candy

  1. (historical) The Mediterranean island of Crete.
    • 1567, Arthur Golding (translator), The XV Bookes of P. Ovidius Naso, entytuled Metamorphosis, London: Willyam Seres, Book 8, p. 97,[1]
      Assure thy selfe that as for me I never will agree
      That Candie Joves owne foster place (as long as I there raigne)
      Shall unto such a monstruous Wight a Harbrow place remaine.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act V, Scene 1,[2]
      Orsino, this is that Antonio
      That took the Phoenix and her fraught from Candy;
      And this is he that did the Tiger board,
      When your young nephew Titus lost his leg:
    • c. 1619, John Ford (formerly attributed to Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher), The Laws of Candy, Act I, Scene 2,[3]
      [] if to renown
      Your honours through the world, to fix your names,
      Like Blazing stars admir’d, and fear’d by all
      That have but heard of Candy or a Cretan,
      Be to deserve the approvement of my man-hood,
      Then thus much have I done:
    • 1709, Aaron Hill, A Full and Just Account of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire in All its Branches, London, Chapter 27, p. 218,[4]
      CRETE, or Candy, as at present call’d, was taken by the Turks from the Possession of the brave Venetians, who defended it some Years against a constant Siege, and made the Place a bloody Purchase to the Turkish Army:

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From Portuguese Candea from Sinhalese, literally “the five counties/countries on the mountain.”

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Candy

  1. (historical) The Kingdom of Kandy on the island now known as Sri Lanka; (by extension) the British colony of Ceylon on that island.
    • 1872, Punch, 20 January, 1872,[5]
      Mr. W. H. GREGORY, the accomplished Member for Galway, goes to Ceylon as Governor. [] A pleasant exile, and a safe return, are Mr. Punch’s sweet wishes to him who departeth for Candy.
  2. (historical) The city of Kandy, the capital of that kingdom.

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