can·​no·​li | \ kə-ˈnō-lē How to pronounce cannoli (audio) , ka- \

Definition of cannoli

: a deep-fried tube of pastry filled with sweetened and flavored ricotta cheese

Examples of cannoli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tourists, many of them from relatively close to Boston, lined up for cannoli and oysters and glasses of wine., 1 Nov. 2021 Treat yourself to a cannoli or the panna cotta to make life extra sweet. Thuc Doan Nguyen, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 The ads, which were posted ahead of a Shanghai fashion show, depicted a Chinese model struggling to eat pizza, cannoli and pasta with chopsticks. Megan C. Hills, CNN, 16 June 2021 Another man was there, also thanking her for a cannoli. Dewayne Bevil,, 29 Apr. 2021 So take the gun, leave the cannoli and strap in for the best 25 best picture winners, ranked. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2021 There’s an herb-ham focaccia with spreads ($35), a meat-cheese platter ($39), take-and-make truffle arancini ($22), mini meatballs ($26) and easy-to-assemble cannoli ($24). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 For dessert choose from pumpkin cheese cake or cannoli. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2020 Enzo's Pizza serving pizza, wings and cannoli. Kettle Corn. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of cannoli

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cannoli

Italian, plural of cannolo small tube, diminutive of canna

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The first known use of cannoli was in 1925

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“Cannoli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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: a type of pastry filled with sweetened cheese


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