from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sugarplum; in pharmacy, a sugar-coated medicine.


  • As to the box, he pronounced it a superb bonbonniere—he was fond of bonbons, by the way—and as he always liked to share with others what pleased himself, he would give his 'dragees' as freely as he lent his books.

    Villette, by Charlotte Bronte

  • In the shop I asked him if he would like dragees, and he said 'Yes.' The grocer said to him, 'Yes who, young man?' 'Yes, petite mere,' he said, very loudly and bravely.

    Sacred and Profane Love, by Arnold Bennett


This word comes from the Old French 'dragie,' an alteration of Latin 'tragemata,' confectionary.