- (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
Examples from the Web for confetti
Glass fragments from windows, street lamps, car windshields, and theater marquees littered the streets like confetti.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
As we pulled back the sheets the bed was full of confetti in the Basque colors, red, white and green.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
For the finale, models dressed in gold joined St. Vincent on stage, dancing as confetti fell from the ceiling.Fashion’s Most Powerful Women: Victoria Beckham & Diane von Furstenberg Show at New York Fashion Week
February 10, 2014
Kelly Clarkson tearfully belting “A Moment Like This” while confetti falls around her?Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Will Save ‘American Idol’
September 3, 2013
But when the confetti dropped it was Assaf who stood in disbelief, his life forever changed.Arab Idol Mohammad Assaf Is the Middle East’s Newest Ambassador
June 27, 2013
Red flags, red placards like a swarm of confetti on the walls and in the air.Erik Dorn
There were jubilant congratulations and showers of rice and confetti.Jennie Gerhardt
There was all the folly with that confetti stuff and the rest of it to go through with yet.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
I thought I saw some confetti in that farmyard as I came up the lane.Tatterdemalion
All night the air was thick with confetti, like snow falling off a rainbow.Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles
- small pieces of coloured paper thrown on festive occasions, esp at the bride and groom at weddings
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.