Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A confection that consists of a piece of fruit, a seed, or a nut coated with sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar.
  • v. To preserve dry with sugar.
  • n. A computerised image of a suspect produced for the police force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dry sweetmeat; any kind of fruit, root, or seed preserved with sugar and dried; a confection.
  • transitive v. To preserve dry with sugar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a comfit of; preserve dry with sugar.
  • n. Any kind of fruit or root preserved with sugar and dried; a ball of sugar with a seed in the center; a bonbon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. candy containing a fruit or nut
  • v. make into a confection

Etymologies

Middle English confit, from Old French, from Latin cōnfectum, thing prepared, neuter past participle of cōnficere, to prepare : com-, com- + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French confit ("preserved fruit"), from Latin confectum (cōnfectum). (Wiktionary)
Acronym, from Computer Facial Identification Techniques. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sister Celestine had invented a new kind of comfit which she begged Euphrosyne to try, leaving a paper of sweetmeats on her table for that purpose.

    The Hour and the Man, An Historical Romance

  • “Easy, comfit,” he whispered, then bent to gently nip her full bottom lip, laving the mock injury with his tongue.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • Before I give you the kiss you deserve, comfit, we need to talk about your propensity to climb through windows.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • “I can do without the keening, comfit, though the thought of you dressed in a flowing white gown is quite another matter.”

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • So that there will be no confusion, comfit, when it comes to my wishes I will make you obey.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • “I hate to distress you, comfit, but we need to speak of something more complex than the fate of Arthur the pig.”

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • As soon as we reach London, comfit, those plays of yours will have their sponsor.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • Instruments of death, poniards, curious pistols, and disguised weapons had been flung down pell-mell among the paraphernalia of daily life; porcelain tureens, Dresden plates, translucent cups from china, old salt-cellars, comfit-boxes belonging to feudal times.

    The Magic Skin

  • I figured I'd layer the minced cherry & almond comfit in the middle of a pound cake, but I got to feeling poorly on Thursday and let the project go.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • My comfit is, he new not which was which; and, as the saying is, all cats in the dark are grey — Whilst we stayed at Loff – Loming, he and our two squires went three or four days churning among the wild men of the mountings; a parcel of selvidges that lie in caves among the rocks, devour young children, speak Velch, but the vords are different.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

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  • if the sugar fits wear it

    March 9, 2011

  • Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes

    -Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

    April 13, 2009