Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for confetti
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • As though an anarchist's bomb had exploded into confetti, Madge Hubert's sudden laughter sparkled through the room.

    The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • There was all the folly with that confetti stuff and the rest of it to go through with yet.

  • The people in the windows here threw down not only confetti but flowers, and stacks at each elbow added to the mass of color.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • "Now for fun," said Beppo, when each had purchased a big bag of confetti.

  • confetti, those noise-makers known as "cluckers," and the miniature feather dusters called "ticklers," were all in evidence.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for confetti


Related Terms

irish confetti

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for confetti

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for confetti

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for confetti