Meaning of “sugar” in the English Dictionary

"sugar" in British English

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sugarnoun

uk /ˈʃʊɡ.ər/ us /ˈʃʊɡ.ɚ/

A1 [ C or U ] a sweet substance especially from the plants sugar cane and sugar beet, used to make food and drinks sweet:

I don't take sugar in my coffee, thanks.
Beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and creamy.
UK Tea with milk and two sugars (= spoonfuls or lumps of sugar), please.

[ C ] specialized chemistry any of several types of simple carbohydrate that dissolves in water:

Glucose and lactose are sugars.

[ as form of address ] mainly US a friendly way of talking to someone that you know:

Hi, sugar, did you have a good day at school?

More examples

  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add one dessertspoon of sugar.
  • You make wine by leaving grape juice to ferment until all the sugar has turned to alcohol.
  • Meringues are made from sugar and egg whites.
  • a spoonful of sugar

Idiom(s)

sugarexclamation

uk /ˈʃʊɡ.ər/ us /ˈʃʊɡ.ɚ/ UK

sugarverb [ T ]

uk /ˈʃʊɡ.ər/ us /ˈʃʊɡ.ɚ/

(Definition of “sugar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sugar" in American English

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sugarnoun [ U ]

us /ˈʃʊɡ·ər/

biology a sweet substance obtained esp. from particular plants and used to make food and drinks sweet

(Definition of “sugar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)