English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English confescioun, borrowed from Old French confeccion (French confection), borrowed from Latin cōnfectiōnem, from confectus, past participle of conficere (prepare), from com- (with) + facere (to make, do). Originally "the making by means of ingredients"; sense of "candy or light pastry" predominant since 1500s.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kənˈfɛkʃən/
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Noun edit

confection (plural confections)

  1. A food item prepared very sweet, frequently decorated in fine detail, and often preserved with sugar, such as a candy, sweetmeat, fruit preserve, pastry, or cake.
    The table was covered with all sorts of tempting confections.
  2. The act or process of confecting; the process of making, compounding, or preparing something.
  3. The result of such a process; something made up or confected; a concoction.
    The defense attorney maintained that the charges were a confection of the local police.
  4. (dated) An artistic, musical, or literary work taken as frivolous, amusing, or contrived; a composition of a light nature.
  5. (dated) Something, such as a garment or a decoration, that is very elaborate, delicate, or luxurious, usually also impractical or non-utilitarian.
    • 2007, Susan Sizemore, Primal Desires:
      She found a sexy, lacy confection in a lingerie drawer and quickly slipped into it.
  6. (pharmacology) A preparation of medicine sweetened with sugar, honey, syrup, or the like; an electuary.

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Verb edit

confection (third-person singular simple present confections, present participle confectioning, simple past and past participle confectioned)

  1. To make into a confection, prepare as a confection.

French edit

Etymology edit

Inherited from Old French confeccion, borrowed from Latin cōnfectiōnem.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

confection f (plural confections)

  1. making, creation, development, confection
    L’emplacement standard pour la confection d’une fistule A-V est l’avant-bras non-dominant des patients.
    The standard entry point for the creation of an arteriovenous fistula is on a patient's non-dominant forearm.
  2. ready-to-wear clothing
  3. the ready-to-wear clothing industry

Descendants edit

  • Polish: konfekcja
  • Turkish: konfeksiyon

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