or pep·er·o·ni

[ pep-uh-roh-nee ]
/ ˌpɛp əˈroʊ ni /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pepperoni


/ (ˌpɛpəˈrəʊnɪ) /


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
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 pepperoni



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

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