noun Etymology: Middle English confit, from Anglo-French *confit, from past participle of confire, cumfire to prepare, from Latin conficere, from com- + facere to make — more at do Date: 14th century a candy consisting of a piece of fruit, a root (as licorice), a nut, or a seed coated and preserved with sugar

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  • Comfit — Com fit, n. [F. confit, prop. a p. p., fr. confire to preserve, pickle, fr. L. conficere to prepare; con + facere to make. See {Fact}, and cf. {Confect}.] A dry sweetmeat; any kind of fruit, root, or seed preserved with sugar and dried; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comfit — Com fit, v. t. To preserve dry with sugar. [1913 Webster] The fruit which does so quickly waste, . . . Thou comfitest in sweets to make it last. Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comfit — early 14c., sugarplum, from O.Fr. confit preserved fruit, from L. confectum, from confectionem (see CONFECTION (Cf. confection)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • comfit — [kum′fit, käm′fit] n. [ME & OFr confit, orig., pp. of confire, to preserve < L conficere: see CONFECT] a candy or sweetmeat; esp., a candied fruit, nut, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Comfit — Not to be confused with confit. Licorice comfits Comfits are confectionery consisting of dried fruits, nuts, seeds or spices coated with sugar candy. Almond comfits (also known as sugar almonds or Jordan almonds ) in a muslin bag or other… …   Wikipedia

  • comfit — /kum fit, kom /, n. a candy containing a nut or piece of fruit. [1300 50; ME confit < MF < L confectum something prepared. See CONFECT] * * * …   Universalium

  • comfit — noun a) A confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar. b) A computerised image of a suspect produced for the police force. See Also: comfiture …   Wiktionary

  • comfit — Synonyms and related words: Jell O, blancmange, candy, compote, confection, confectionery, confiture, conserve, frosting, gelatin, glaze, honey, icing, jam, jelly, marmalade, meringue, mousse, preserve, sweet, sweet stuff, sweetmeat, sweets,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • comfit — see CONFETTI …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • comfit — com·fit || kÊŒmfɪt n. candy, sweet …   English contemporary dictionary

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