Definitions

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

  • n. A light, very sweet candy of threaded sugar, often tinted with food coloring and twirled onto a stick. Also called spun sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Melted sugar spun into thin threads and collected into a mass, usually on a stick.

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  • n. a candy made by spinning sugar that has been boiled to a high temperature

Etymologies

From cotton + candy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Passing Mr. Luckner, Griffin saw him eating a huge cotton candy cone like a little kid.

    The Wish Stealers

  • So did she, but to abandon the faÇade of cotton candy would be to lose all that had made her famous and desirable.

    All The Available Light

  • Panchito’s mother stopped a cotton candy man and bought a fluffy pink bouquet.

    Ruby Lu Star of the Star of the Show

  • They can snag free cotton candy at the Santa Monica Pier or drop in on Michael Jackson's dermatologist for 25-percent-off Botox injections so that frazzled commuters won't look quite so frazzled.

    A surreal sight, a ghost 405 freeway, in L.A.

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  • AmE; for IrE, use candy floss

    May 1, 2011

  • Maybe it's used for insulation?

    July 28, 2008

  • Oh, that *is* tacky. Besides, why would you want cotton candy in December? It's clearly an outdoor treat.

    July 19, 2008

  • National Cotton Candy Day: December 7. What's a Pearl Harbor?

    November 8, 2007