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

Examples of cannoli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will be eight flavors, plus a flavor of the month, including: chocolate chip, sugar, pistachio, Fruity Pebbles (his favorite), Sicilian cannoli, PB & J, and Almond Joy. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2024 Biden got 24 cannoli – 12 regular and 12 chocolate. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2024 About 30 minutes before her speech, Biden made an unplanned stop to get a Sicilian cannoli from a Peter Sciortino Bakery stand at the entrance of the stage. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 31 May 2024 Kriz Farm Ice Cream has all the standard flavors, but also rotates specialties ice creams such as sea salt caramel truffle, peanut butter pie, toasted coconut, cannoli and amaretto cherry. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 29 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cannoli 

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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