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[kuh n-fet-ee for 1; Italian kawn-fet-tee for 2] /kənˈfɛt i for 1; Italian kɔnˈfɛt ti for 2/
plural noun, singular confetto
[kuh n-fet-oh; Italian kawn-fet-taw] /kənˈfɛt oʊ; Italian kɔnˈfɛt tɔ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
(used with a singular verb) small bits of paper, usually colored, thrown or dropped from a height to enhance the gaiety of a festive event, as a parade, wedding, or New Year's Eve party.
confections; bonbons.
Origin of confetti
1805-15; < Italian, plural of confetto comfit Unabridged
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  • Red flags, red placards like a swarm of confetti on the walls and in the air.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • There were jubilant congratulations and showers of rice and confetti.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • There was all the folly with that confetti stuff and the rest of it to go through with yet.

  • I thought I saw some confetti in that farmyard as I came up the lane.


    John Galsworthy
  • All night the air was thick with confetti, like snow falling off a rainbow.

British Dictionary definitions for confetti


small pieces of coloured paper thrown on festive occasions, esp at the bride and groom at weddings
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, plural of confetto, originally, a bonbon; see comfit
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Word Origin and History for confetti

1815, from Italian plural of confetto "sweetmeat," via Old French, from Latin confectum, confectus (see confection). A small candy traditionally thrown during carnivals in Italy, custom adopted in England for weddings and other occasions, with symbolic tossing of paper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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irish confetti

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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