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peperoni

[pep-uh-roh-nee]
noun
  1. pepperoni.
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pepperoni

or pep·er·o·ni

[pep-uh-roh-nee]
noun
  1. a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.
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Origin of pepperoni

1920–25, Americanism; < Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper
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Historical Examples

  • The couple of peperoni had swelled into a regular colazione.

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British Dictionary definitions for peperoni

pepperoni

noun
  1. a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza
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Word Origin

C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper
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Word Origin and History for peperoni

pepperoni

n.

"beef and pork sausage seasoned with pepper," 1919, American English, from Italian peperone "chilli," from pepe (see pepper (n.)).

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