From Middle English sugre-candy, from Old French sucre candi (literally “candied sugar”), from Arabic قَنْدِيّ (qandiyy, “candied”), from Arabic قَنْد (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 (kaṇṭu, “hard candy”).
- (uncountable, chiefly Canada, US) Edible, sweet-tasting confectionery containing sugar, or sometimes artificial sweeteners, and often flavored with fruit, chocolate, nuts, herbs and spices, or artificial flavors.
1991, Brayfield, Celia, The Prince:
- They came down to buy sugar, flour, saltfish or candy from Nana, to collect letters and exchange gossip.
- (countable, chiefly Canada, US) A piece of confectionery of this kind.
1991, Ann Granger, A Season for Murder:
- Unwholesome pink and yellow candies were sold from trays.
- (slang) crack cocaine
- (confection): confectionery, sweets (British), lollies (Australia), sugar candy (US)
- (piece of candy): sweet (British), lolly (Australia)
- (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.
- 🍬 (Unicode candy symbol)
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.