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From Late Latin cōnfectiōnārius ‎(one who prepares things by means of ingredients), from Latin cōnfectiō ‎(preparing, producing). See confection.


confectionary ‎(not comparable)

  1. Relating to, or of the nature of confections or their production.
    confectionary wares
  2. Prepared as a confection.
    • 1798, William Cowper, On Receipt of My Mother's Picture, line 60
      Thy morning bounties ere I left my home, / The biscuit, or confectionary plum;



confectionary ‎(plural confectionaries)

  1. A candy, sweetmeat; a confection.
    • 1787, Miss Tully, “February 10, 1787”, in Letters Written During a Ten Years' Residence at the Court of Tripoli[1], published 1819, page 285:
      After the dishes of meat were removed, a dessert of Arabian fruits, confectionaries and sweetmeats was served: among the latter was the date bread.
  2. (obsolete) A place where confections are manufactured, stored; a confectory.
  3. (dated) A confectioner's shop; a confectionery.
    • 1986, Penny Hayes, The Long Trail[2], ISBN 0930044762, page 184:
      They stopped at a confectionary where Blanche experienced her first ice cream.
  4. (obsolete) One who makes confections; a confectioner.
    He will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks. -- 1 Samuel viii. 13.
  5. (uncountable, rare) Candy, sweets, taken collectively; confectionery.

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