What does Candy mean?

Definitions for Candy
ˈkæn dican·dy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Candy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. candy, confectverb

    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts

  2. sugarcoat, glaze, candyverb

    coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze


  1. Candynoun

    Any sweet, more or less solid article of confectionery, especially those prepared in small bite-sized pieces or small bars, having a wide variety of shapes, consistencies, and flavors, and manufactured in a variety of ways. It is often flavored or colored, or covered with chocolate, and sometimes contains fruit, nuts, etc.; it is often made by boiling sugar or molasses to the desired consistency, and than crystallizing, molding, or working in the required shape. Other types may consist primarily of chocolate or a sweetened gelatin. The term may be applied to a single piece of such confection or to the substance of which it is composed.


  1. candynoun

    a unit of mass used in southern India, equal to twenty maunds, roughly equal to 500pounds avoirdupois but varying locally.

  2. Candynoun

    A pet form of the female given name Candace or Candice.

  3. Etymology: From sucre candi, from قندي, from قند

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Candyverb

    Etymology: probably from candare, a word used in later times, for to whiten.

    Should the poor be flatter’d?
    No, let the candy’d tongue lick absurd pomp,
    And crook the pregnant hinges of the knee,
    Where thrift may follow fawning. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    They have in Turkey confections like to candied conserves, made of sugar and lemons, or sugar and citrons, or sugar and violets, and some other flowers, and some mixture of amber. Francis Bacon.

    With candy’d plantanes, and the juicy pine,
    On choicest melons and sweet grapes they dine. Edmund Waller.

    Will the cold brook,
    Candied with ice, cawdle thy morning toast,
    To cure thy o’er-night’s surfeit? William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Since when those frosts that winter brings,
    Which candy every green,
    Renew us like the teeming springs,
    And we thus fresh are seen. Michael Drayton.

  2. To Candyverb

    To grow congealed.


  1. Candy

    Candy, also called sweets (British English) or lollies (Australian English, New Zealand English), is a confection that features sugar as a principal ingredient. The category, called sugar confectionery, encompasses any sweet confection, including chocolate, chewing gum, and sugar candy. Vegetables, fruit, or nuts which have been glazed and coated with sugar are said to be candied. Physically, candy is characterized by the use of a significant amount of sugar or sugar substitutes. Unlike a cake or loaf of bread that would be shared among many people, candies are usually made in smaller pieces. However, the definition of candy also depends upon how people treat the food. Unlike sweet pastries served for a dessert course at the end of a meal, candies are normally eaten casually, often with the fingers, as a snack between meals. Each culture has its own ideas of what constitutes candy rather than dessert. The same food may be a candy in one culture and a dessert in another.


  1. candy

    Candy refers to a type of sweet confectionery usually made from sugar, corn syrup, and various flavorings and ingredients. It typically comes in various forms such as hard, chewy, or soft and is often enjoyed as a treat or dessert. Candy is known for its wide range of flavors, shapes, and colors and is often packaged in individual portions for easy consumption.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candyverb

    to conserve or boil in sugar; as, to candy fruits; to candy ginger

  2. Candyverb

    to make sugar crystals of or in; to form into a mass resembling candy; as, to candy sirup

  3. Candyverb

    to incrust with sugar or with candy, or with that which resembles sugar or candy

  4. Candyverb

    to have sugar crystals form in or on; as, fruits preserved in sugar candy after a time

  5. Candyverb

    to be formed into candy; to solidify in a candylike form or mass

  6. Candyverb

    a more or less solid article of confectionery made by boiling sugar or molasses to the desired consistency, and than crystallizing, molding, or working in the required shape. It is often flavored or colored, and sometimes contains fruit, nuts, etc

  7. Candynoun

    a weight, at Madras 500 pounds, at Bombay 560 pounds

  8. Etymology: [Mahratta kha, Tamil kai.]


  1. Candy

    Candy, specifically sugar candy, is a confection made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water, to which flavorings and colorants are added. Candies come in numerous colors and varieties and have a long history in popular culture. The Middle English word candy began to be used in the late 13th century, coming into English from the Old French çucre candi, derived in turn from Persian Qand and Qandi, "cane sugar", probably derived from Sanskrit word khanda "piece", perhaps from Dravidian. In North America, some use candy as a broad category that may include candy bars, chocolates, licorice, sour candies, salty candies, tart candies, hard candies, taffies, gumdrops, marshmallows, and more. Vegetables or fruit, or nuts which have been glazed and coated with sugar are said to be candied. Outside North America, the generic English-language name for candy is sweets or confectionery. In Australia and New Zealand, small pieces of sweet substance are known as "lollies". In North America, Australia, the Caribbean, NZ and the UK, the word "lollipop" refers specifically to sugar candy with flavoring on a stick. While not used in the generic sense of North America, the term candy is used in the UK for specific types of foods such as candy floss, and certain other sugar based products such as candied fruit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Candy

    kan′di, Sugar-candy, shoog′ar-kan′di, n. a sweetmeat made of sugar: anything preserved in sugar.—v.t. to preserve or dress with sugar: to congeal or crystallise as sugar.—v.i. to become congealed.—p.adj. Can′died, encrusted with candy or sugar: (fig.) sugared, flattering. [Fr. candi, from Ar. qandah, candy.]

  2. Candy

    kan′di, n. a South Indian weight, generally containing 20 maunds, about 500 pounds English.—Also Can′die and Kan′dy. [Tamil.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Candy

    Sweet food products combining cane or beet sugars with other carbohydrates and chocolate, milk, eggs, and various flavorings. In the United States, candy refers to both sugar- and cocoa-based confections and is differentiated from sweetened baked goods; elsewhere the terms sugar confectionary, chocolate confectionary, and flour confectionary (meaning goods such as cakes and pastries) are used.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. candy

    A kingdom of Ceylon; it was taken by a British detachment, February 20, 1803, who capitulated June 23, following, anxious to evacuate the place on account of its unhealthiness; on the third day many were treacherously massacred at Columbo. The war was renewed in October, 1814; the king made prisoner by Gen. Brownrigg, February 19, 1815, and the sovereignty vested in Great Britain, March 2, 1815.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Candy

    An Americanism for sweetmeats. The Arabic quand, sugar, gave the French word candi.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CANDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Candy is ranked #27646 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Candy surname appeared 870 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Candy.

    70.1% or 610 total occurrences were White.
    14.9% or 130 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 44 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.4% or 39 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 31 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. dancy

  2. any cd

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Candy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Candy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Candy in a Sentence

  1. Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper:

    Back in the day, candy cigarettes desensitized kids to the dangers of tobacco - and today, pot-infused gummy bears send the wrong message to our kids about marijuana.

  2. Larry Jefferson:

    What they see most of the time is this red suit and candy.

  3. Lizzie Post:

    Bring out the kitschy candy cane earrings.

  4. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    Referencing the Democrats $2 trillion infrastructure bill and the projects it will pay for- “They’re asking us to get in the van but they aren’t showing us the candy!”

  5. Wendy Young:

    I asked my attorney what it was like to work with her and she said,' Well, it took a lot of candy and a lot of Play-Doh,'.

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