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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Her zoom lens captured the glass spraying like confetti. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Bear killed after it smashes SUV window and climbs inside at Anchorage trailhead," 6 July 2018 Hadwin, in disbelief, began to cry as gold confetti fell around her. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "This 13-year-old slayed the 'America's Got Talent' judges with a Janis Joplin-like performance," 13 June 2018 As confetti and streamers fell on the Wildcats, the lookahead to 2018-19 began. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Early college basketball forecast for 2018-19: Is the sport on the bubble? | The Kansas City Star," 3 Apr. 2018 Perception that continues to change, and did again last week in New York, as soon as the confetti fell, and Beilein and his Wolverines took the stage to celebrate their second consecutive Big Ten tournament championship. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "John Beilein vs. Tom Izzo: Who is the better coach?," 10 Mar. 2018 As the confetti fell here Sunday evening, the stage seemed like a metaphor for the coming Super Bowl. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "It’s the Patriots’ Stage; All the Rest Are Merely Players," 22 Jan. 2018 Thornton captioned the footage of the family of four popping a black balloon that contained pink confetti inside. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Her First Girl! Pregnant Disney Channel Alum Tiffany Thornton Reveals Sex of Third Child," 19 May 2018 With prices starting at $8 (shout out to It Cosmetics’s confetti poppers!), beauty product ornaments could be the next big gift-giving craze. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 Create tree with dark and light green nonpareils and outline quilt with red string licorice and edible red confetti. Decorate sides: Attach mini pretzel sticks with royal icing and pipe royal icing to create crosshatches. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 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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to gather or build up little by little

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