[kuh n-fet-ee for 1; Italian kawn-fet-tee for 2]

plural noun, singular con·fet·to [kuh n-fet-oh Italian kawn-fet-taw] /kənˈfɛt oʊ Italian kɔnˈfɛt tɔ/ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for confetti

Contemporary Examples of confetti

Historical Examples of confetti

  • 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 for confetti

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

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