con·fet·ti | \ kən-ˈfe-tē \

Definition of confetti 

: small bits or streamers of brightly colored paper made for throwing (as at weddings)

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The structures include such attractions as a ball pit (and slide), basketball court, obstacle course, lights, confetti, and a DJ. Claire Wolters,, "World's biggest bounce house comes to Philly this weekend," 3 July 2018 Falcon's backers showed their dissatisfaction with hyperinflation by tearing up worthless 500-bolivar notes and throwing them into the air like confetti. Fabiola Sanchez And Scott Smith, Fox News, "Grave crisis drives apathy in Venezuelan election," 17 May 2018 Catholicism itself, especially in America, hands out annulments that operate as de facto divorces like confetti. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Pope Francis Isn’t Catholicism’s Trump," 20 Apr. 2018 So the team sat silently at their tables for 10 seconds, their eyes closed, and thought about the confetti, the fireworks, the nets being cut and the banners being raised. Ben Baskin,, "Arike Ogunbowale Gives Notre Dame a Star, a Shot and a Season to Cherish," 2 Apr. 2018 The staging, costumes and flamboyant song-and-dance numbers, combined with the pre-curtain shower of beach balls and confetti, made for a splendidly goofy night out. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 Beilein lifted the trophy at center court, as confetti floated through the air. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Charles Matthews the hero as Wolverines advance to Final Four," 24 Mar. 2018 Then gunfire — a satisfying crack — and a burst of orange confetti. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Making the Raptors fade away James' most memorable shot was, of course, the finessed 10-foot right-handed floater from the left side that glanced off the backboard and fell into the basket like victory confetti in Game 3. Bill Livingston,, "LeBron James and the toolbox, the repertoire, the sweep: Bill Livingston (photos)," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of confetti

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confetti

Italian, plural of confetto sweetmeat, from Medieval Latin confectum, from Latin, neuter of confectus, past participle of conficere to prepare — more at comfit

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English Language Learners Definition of confetti

: small pieces of brightly colored paper that people often throw at celebrations (such as weddings and parties)


con·fet·ti | \ kən-ˈfe-tē \

Kids Definition of confetti

: small bits of brightly colored paper made for throwing at celebrations

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