con·​fet·​ti | \ kən-ˈfe-tē How to pronounce confetti (audio) \

Definition of confetti

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

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Each lipstick tube has been painted in six different neon-bright confetti-like colors. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's 21st Birthday Kylie Cosmetics Collection Is Her Most Personal Yet," 31 July 2018 The soft, polyester hat can also be ordered in different colors: from classic ivory to a confetti sea green, a pretty lavender, or natural gray — just keep in mind that price varies with color choice. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This $10 Beanie Shows Off Your Ponytail and Keeps Your Head Warm," 1 Mar. 2019 Yasmin Wijnaldum is in a black gown top, hair coiffed to the gods, strutting on a treadmill in stilettos, and then—bam!—golden confetti rains down from the sky. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "Ladies and Gentlemen, We’re Live From the Moschino Game Show!," 26 Feb. 2019 While thousands of people were tossing confetti in Times Square, the Commander was on a secret mission around the corner, protecting the city from dirty bombs. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 With that, the confetti flew and the champagne was sprayed as the top three drivers received their trophies. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E ends its season—and an era—in Brooklyn," 18 July 2018 The confetti barely stopped falling after the Warriors had finished off the Cavaliers to win the 2018 NBA title when William Hill-US posted its odds for the 2019 championship. Ed Barkowitz,, "Sixers' NBA title odds grow longer following LeBron James' decision," 2 July 2018 The confetti that rains down on concertgoers, playing off a theme on her new album, will look like a newspaper front page. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Taylor Swift concert clues: A bedazzled snake, bloopers and a rocket sled," 7 May 2018 One of the first people to embrace Brady after the game was Belichick, wrapping his arms around his quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman amid a sea of confetti and a swarm of cameras. Rob Maaddi, The Seattle Times, "Still no slowing down the Patriots’ dynasty," 4 Feb. 2019

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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)


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Kids Definition of confetti

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

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