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, chiefly US) 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.