- a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.
Origin of pepperoni
1920–25, Americanism; < Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper
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The couple of peperoni had swelled into a regular colazione.Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
- a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza
Word Origin for pepperoni
C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper
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"beef and pork sausage seasoned with pepper," 1919, American English, from Italian peperone "chilli," from pepe (see pepper (n.)).
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