1. The act or process of confecting or the result of it: "These sentiments are not the confection of a consummate courtroom actor" (Ron Rosenbaum).
2. A sweet prepared food, such as candy or cake.
3. A sweetened medicinal compound; an electuary.
4. A piece displaying splendid craft, skill, and work: The gown was a confection of satin and appliqué.
tr.v. con·fec·tioned, con·fec·tion·ing, con·fec·tions
To make into a confection.
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