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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Photo: Brad Smith/ISIPhotos/Zuma Press The 2015 World Cup team dominated Japan in the final in Vancouver, Canada, basked in a welcoming rally in Los Angeles and bathed in confetti in a New York parade. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Rejuvenated U.S. Women’s Soccer Readies World Cup Run," 3 Oct. 2018 An inordinate amount of confetti lined the streets of Philadelphia this winter after two championship parades celebrated the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win and the Villanova Wildcats’ victory as champions of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. Ed Condran,, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018 Photographer: Manaure Quintero/Bloomberg A cataract of confetti almost obscures Maduro at a rally in Caracas. Philip Brian Tabuas,, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 Tulane also stated its commencement will feature live jazz, herald trumpets, confetti cannons and a second-line procession. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Steve Gleason among 4 to receive honorary Tulane degree," 7 May 2018 For their fifth anniversary in October, Konecki surprised the popstar with handwritten love letters in the confetti at the end of her concert in Nashville. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Adele Secretly Get Married?," 29 Dec. 2016 Rein it in, Taylor, and leave the confetti to Arcade Fire. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Sun block is fine, but leave weapons and food at home when heading to Forecastle," 11 July 2018 The signature gold confetti rained down on the stage as the crowd erupted in cheers and Amanda's mom ran onto the stage to celebrate with her. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "15-Year-Old Amanda Mena Channels Aretha Franklin to Earn a Golden Buzzer on 'America's Got Talent'," 20 June 2018 The gold Mylar confetti fluttered to the roof during the year 2000 festivities. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 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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