can·​no·​li kə-ˈnō-lē How to pronounce cannoli (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a deep-fried tube of pastry filled with sweetened and flavored ricotta cheese

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But think of it as your one indulgence of the day and feast on a basket of garlic bread, take your pick of soup or salad, choose from a dozen entrees including ravioli, chicken or pizza, and leave room for tiramisu, cannoli or spumoni. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2023 More Maggiore:This Phoenix Italian restaurant is taking cannoli and meatballs national with $30M expansion Reach the reporter at Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 Only one of the three famous North End cannoli spots was devoid of patrons: Bova’s. Sonel Cutler,, 22 Mar. 2023 Each features fresh-baked house bread, choice of one salad (house or Caesar) and one pasta (lasagna, baked rigatoni, spicy chicken rigatoni or shrimp scampi) and for dessert, chocolate chip cannoli. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Tables are laden with drinks, sweet cannoli, and pistachio cakes; children dash through the crowd eating gelato, everyone dances between tables when Anitta sings, and old friends reunite as Drew Barrymore and Sharon Stone throw their arms around each other. Carol Woolton, Vogue, 12 July 2022 Alternatively, phyllo might be rolled into a cigar shape (instead of a triangle) and stuffed with a sweet cream, similar to a cannoli. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 27 Feb. 2023 Yes, Porkchop got a cannoli, too. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 26 Sep. 2022 Mike's Pastry chocolate chip cannoli. Pamela Wright,, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History


Italian, plural of cannolo small tube, diminutive of canna

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cannoli was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Cannoli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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