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  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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Related Words for pepperoni

bratwurst, frankfurter, banger, liverwurst, pepperoni, kielbasa, rolliche, wurst

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British Dictionary definitions for pepperoni


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

C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper
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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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