comfit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comfit make into a confection "This medicine is home-confected"
    • n comfit candy containing a fruit or nut
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comfit A dry sweetmeat; any kind of fruit, root, or seed preserved with sugar and dried; a confection.
    • v. t Comfit To preserve dry with sugar. "The fruit which does so quickly waste, . . . Thou comfitest in sweets to make it last."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comfit Any kind of fruit or root preserved with sugar and dried; a ball of sugar with a seed in the center; a bonbon.
    • comfit To make a comfit of; preserve dry with sugar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comfit kum′fit a sweetmeat made of fruit and sugar, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of Confect; from Fr. confit, confiture—L. conficĕre, to make up.

Usage

In literature:

The comfits, when the box is opened, are found to include two magnificent sugar babies lying in their cradles.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
No traitorous comfits ever passed that guard; no death-laden bark sailed by that sleepless quarantine.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
Don't let them press on you those with a sink in the middle where the comfits lie.
"Bristol Bells" by Emma Marshall
There were comfits in the cabin, and apples in the hold; The sails were made of silk, and the masts were made of gold.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
On the left is a Capricci comfit-box.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
When that amiable old sorceress devoured my comfits, she became in some sort an accomplice.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
They mix soup and beer, meat and comfits, and devour quantities of meat without bread.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
Frost them as soon as baked, and sprinkle comfits or sugar sand on the top.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Strew comfits on the top, and garnish as you like.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
You expected me to protest it daily: to repeat the tale as a child repeats its lesson for a comfit.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
The meats had been removed and Pompey was serving the pastry and comfits.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The whole hotel is devoted to her; and the waiters continually do smuggle out comfits and fruit and pudding to her.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
COMFITS universally used under Henry III.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Why did not the comfits rain down on our houses?
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Bababalouk is fond of children, and never goes without sweetmeats and comfits.
"Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century" by Samuel Johnson
A Child of six Days old swallowed a Comfit or Sugar Plumb, which stuck in the Passage, and instantly killed it.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Another and another followed, covering me with flour and comfits.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
It was curiously incongruous to see the masked figures drop comfits into outstretched hands.
"The Fortunate Isles" by Mary Stuart Boyd
My comfits were beginning to be the talk of our society.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Yet he could not resist the seduction of an aromatic comfit before he threw himself, outwearied, on his camp bed.
"King-Errant" by Flora Annie Steel
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