Definitions

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

  • n. A confection, preserve, or jam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A preserve or candied fruit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Composition; preparation, as of a drug, or confection; a sweetmeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or art of making confections.
  • n. A sweetmeat; a confection: a comfit.
  • n. A composition; a preparation made up of different drugs.

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

  • n. preserved or candied fruit

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from confit, confection; see comfit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French confiture (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This spectacular offering boasts a deep purple color in addition to a dense nose that the French would call a confiture of black fruits, particularly plums, blackberries, and black currants.

    The World’s Greatest Wine Estates

  • We are enchanted by a rangy Connecticut house bursting with discordant flowery vines and mismatched pots; French confiture jars next to African baskets that talk to blue and white porcelain urns across the room.

    The Soul Man of Interiors

  • True to his flamboyant style, meanwhile, Chavez praised the Soviet Union and presented Medvedev with several bars of dark chocolate and cans of banana confiture and cocoa powder as the two leaders sat facing reporter's questions.

    Russia, Venezuela Reach Deal On Country's First Nuclear Power Plant

  • For various reasons having to do with his own off-handed behavior and the illogic of wartime practices, Lord does land in situations that aren't such pots of confiture.

    David Finkle: Easy Reader: James Lord's My Queer War on Gays in the WWII Military

  • Not all bad, although the members of that horrid Committee would have been better for a spoonful of this confiture.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • Besides, it wasn't even a pot de confiture, * but a meager moutardier!

    French Word-A-Day:

  • References: le pot (m) de confiture = jam jar; le moutardier (m) = mustard pot; la belle-mère (f) = mother-in-law; la tapenade (f) = pureed olive spread; Ah, bon?

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Oh, but it is not only this disgusting confiture, this ... this ordure collant, but his loathsome touch, his foul body and vile breath, his hideous tongue upon me ... ugh!

    Watershed

  • Mine also bear the name of my personal fantasy confiture company, "Wildlife Preserves".

    Larder

  • In fact, I was barely able to swallow two bites of a crepe filled with mimosa-flavoured confiture.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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