From Middle English sugre candy, from Old French sucre candi (literally “candied sugar”), from Arabic سُكَّر قَنْدِي (sukkar qandī), from Arabic قَنْد (qand, “rock candy”), from Persian کند (kand) from Sanskrit खण्ड (khaṇḍa, “piece, fragment, candied sugar, dried molasses”), root खण्ड् (khaṇḍ, “to divide, break into pieces”), or from Proto-Dravidian *kaṇṭu; compare Tamil கண்டு (kaṇṭu, “hard candy”).
- (uncountable, chiefly Canada, US, Philippines) Edible, sweet-tasting confectionery containing sugar, or sometimes artificial sweeteners, and often flavored with fruit, chocolate, nuts, herbs and spices, or artificial flavors.
- 1991, Celia Brayfield, The Prince:
- They came down to buy sugar, flour, saltfish or candy from Nana, to collect letters and exchange gossip.
- (countable, chiefly Canada, US, Philippines) A piece of confectionery of this kind.
- 1991, Ann Granger, A Season for Murder:
- Unwholesome pink and yellow candies were sold from trays.
- (slang, chiefly US) crack cocaine.
- (uncountable) An accessory (bracelet, etc.) made from pony beads, associated with the rave scene.
- 2013, Kristen Lynn Harkey, State of Summer: Love and Misadventure of a College Student:
- Then while our hands were still connected, he slid a colorful beaded bracelet among the many others he had off of his arm and then onto my wrist without having to break our intertwined hands. "And there you have it! Your first piece of kandi."
- 2016, Susie Dent, Dent's Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain:
- The mantra of the rave is PLUR: peace, love, unity, respect, while the tribal badge is kandi: colourful bracelets made out of chunky beads (and not the same as candy, the drugs that might also feature, such as E or Molly).
- 2021, Samantha Durbin, Raver Girl: Coming of Age in the 90s:
- The first candy bracelet I made was for myself. I alternated blue, orange, and glow-in-the-dark beads with letter beads that spelled “Ferari” to represent my (first) raver sobriquet, Ferrari Ravioli. (Yes, I spelled it wrong. I didn’t notice my typo at the time.)
Side note: this is now referred to as “kandi” bracelets, but we spelled it the old-fashioned way.
- (rave accessory): kandi
- (confection): confectionery, sweets (British), lollies (Australia), sugar candy (US)
- (piece of candy): sweet (British), lolly (Australia)
- arm candy
- bee candy
- brain candy
- candy apple
- candy bar
- candy bar phone
- candy cane
- candy cap
- candy corn
- candy flipping
- candy floss
- candy glass
- candy gore
- candy gram
- candy man
- candy pink
- candy shop
- candy store
- candy stripe
- candy striper
- candy thermometer
- chest candy
- cotton candy
- cough candy
- dandy as candy
- dragon's beard candy
- ear candy
- eye candy
- fine and dandy like sour candy
- gym candy
- hard candy
- like taking candy from a baby
- mind candy
- nature's candy
- nose candy
- popping candy
- rock candy
- seafoam candy
- squaw candy
- sugar candy
- sweet as candy
- (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.
- ^ 1903, Yule, Henry, Sir, Hobson-Jobson: A glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases, and of kindred terms, etymological, historical, geographical and discursive., page 155:
- CANDY (SUGAR-). This name of crystallized sugar, though it came no doubt to Europe from the P.-Ar. ḳand (P. also shakar ḳand; Sp. azucar cande; It. candi and zucchero candito; Fr. sucre candi) is of Indian origin. There is a Skt. root khaṇḍ, 'to break,' whence khaṇḍa, 'broken,' also applied in various compounds to granulated and candied sugar. But there is also Tam. kar-kaṇḍa, kala-kaṇḍa, Mal. kaṇḍi,kalkaṇḍi, and kalkaṇṭu, which may have been the direct source of the P. and Ar. adoption of the word, and perhaps its original, from a Dravidian word= 'lump.' [The Dravidian terms mean 'stone-piece.']
candy (plural candies)
- (obsolete) A unit of mass used in southern India, equal to twenty maunds, roughly equal to 500 pounds avoirdupois but varying locally.