confetti [k uh n- fet-ee for 1; kawn- Italian fet-tee for 2] WORD ORIGIN plural noun, singular con·fet·to [k uh n- fet-oh kawn- Italian fet-taw] /kənˈfɛt oʊ kɔnˈfɛt tɔ/ Italian 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;
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British Dictionary definitions for confetto noun 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
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Word Origin and History for confetto n.
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.
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