[kuh-noh-lee; Italian kahn-naw-lee]

plural noun Italian Cookery.

tubular pastry shells stuffed with a sweetened filling of whipped ricotta and often containing nuts, citron, or bits of chocolate.

Origin of cannoli

1940–45; < Italian, plural of cannolo, derivative of canna reed, cane; cf. cannelloni Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cannoli

puff, chou, croquembouche, profiterole

Examples from the Web for cannoli

Contemporary Examples of cannoli

  • Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.

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    De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell

    Lizzie Crocker

    December 4, 2014

  • “I used to switch back and forth between Cheetahs and here,” she says while eating a cannoli supplied by a regular.

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    The Worst Strip Club in Vegas

    Richard Abowitz

    September 17, 2010