Candy is a sugary sweet treat. Halloween is partly about dressing up in costumes, but mostly it's about the candy.

Your favorite candy may be sweet and fruity, or so sour you can barely stand to eat it. Other people prefer chocolate when it comes to candy. Candy is also a verb, meaning "coat with a sugary glaze," — you might candy cherries or almonds. And when something's made of candy, the word becomes an adjective: "But it's only a candy cigarette!" The word comes from the Arabic qandi, with its Persian root quand, "cane sugar."

Definitions of candy
  1. noun
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
    synonyms: confect
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    candy bar
    a candy shaped as a bar
    carob bar
    a bar of candy made with carob powder
    hard candy
    candy that is brittle
    a British candy flavored with brandy
    round flat candy
    a candy that usually has a center of fondant or fruit or nuts coated in chocolate
    brittle, toffee, toffy
    caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
    a hard brittle candy made with butter and brown sugar
    candy cane
    a hard candy in the shape of a rod (usually with stripes)
    candy corn
    a small yellow and white candy shaped to resemble a kernel of corn
    firm chewy candy made from caramelized sugar and butter and milk
    candyfloss, cotton candy, spun sugar
    a candy made by spinning sugar that has been boiled to a high temperature
    sugar-coated nut or fruit piece
    silvery candy beads used for decorating cakes
    candy made of a thick creamy sugar paste
    soft creamy candy
    a jellied candy coated with sugar crystals
    honey crisp
    a crisp candy made with honey
    mint, mint candy
    a candy that is flavored with a mint oil
    a candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant
    jelly bean, jelly egg
    sugar-glazed jellied candy
    candy kiss, kiss
    any of several bite-sized candies
    licorice, liquorice
    a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant
    Life Saver
    a candy shaped like a small lifesaver
    all-day sucker, lollipop, sucker
    hard candy on a stick
    a small aromatic or medicated candy
    spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar
    marchpane, marzipan
    almond paste and egg whites
    nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste
    nougat bar
    a bar of nougat candy often dipped in chocolate
    nut bar
    paste of nuts and sugar on a pastry base cut into bars
    peanut bar
    bar of peanuts in taffy
    popcorn ball
    popcorn combined with a thick sugar or molasses or caramel syrup and formed into balls
    cookie-sized candy made of brown sugar and butter and pecans
    rock candy
    sugar in large hard clear crystals on a string
    rock, rock candy
    hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)
    sugar candy
    made by boiling pure sugar until it hardens
    any of various small sugary candies
    chewy candy of sugar or syrup boiled until thick and pulled until glossy
    chocolate truffle, truffle
    creamy chocolate candy
    Turkish Delight
    a jellied candy typically flavored with rose water
    Easter egg
    an egg-shaped candy used to celebrate Easter
    barley candy, barley-sugar
    a brittle transparent candy made by melting and cooling cane sugar
    a large round hard candy
    lemon drop
    a hard candy with lemon flavor and a yellow color and (usually) the shape of a lemon
    round piece of tart hard candy
    peppermint patty
    a patty flavored with peppermint
    peanut brittle
    brittle containing peanuts
    chocolate fudge
    fudge made with chocolate or cocoa
    divinity, divinity fudge
    white creamy fudge made with egg whites
    panocha, panoche, penoche, penuche
    fudge made with brown sugar and butter and milk and nuts
    chewy fruit-flavored jellied candy (sometimes medicated to soothe a sore throat)
    peppermint, peppermint candy
    a candy flavored with peppermint oil
    molasses kiss
    a candy kiss that resembles toffee
    meringue kiss
    a kiss made of sugar and egg white and baked slowly
    chocolate kiss
    a kiss that consists of a conical bite-sized piece of chocolate
    Scotch kiss
    butterscotch candy kiss
    a scented lozenge used to sweeten the breath (e.g. to conceal the odor of tobacco)
    cough drop, pastil, pastille, troche
    a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat
    molasses taffy
    taffy made of molasses
    chocolate egg
    egg-shaped chocolate candy
    candy egg
    egg-shaped candy
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    confection, sweet
    a food rich in sugar
  2. verb
    coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
    synonyms: glaze, sugarcoat
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    type of:
    dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten
    make sweeter in taste
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