November 18, 2017
confection (noun)
\kun-FEK-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a fancy dish or sweet
How do you use it?
We found it hard to resist the confections beckoning from the bakery's display case.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is the ancestor of our word "confection"?

Are you prepared for the answer? The Latin "conficere," meaning "to prepare," is the ancestor of "confection." "Confection" was first used in English in the 1400s, but it developed from the older verb "confect," an offspring of "confiscere" which means "to put together from varied material" or "to prepare or preserve." Another descendant of "conficere" is "comfit," which is a candy consisting of a piece of fruit, a root (such as licorice), a nut, or a seed coated and preserved with sugar.
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