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)

Examples of confetti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hear his words in the aftermath of winning the Super Bowl for Tampa Bay as the confetti and superlatives flew for a contrarian view of this ugly Heat start. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: This disappointing version of the Heat is true — it’s just not complete | Commentary," 19 Feb. 2021 Maybe there’s value in stripping away the fluff, in focusing on the connection without the confetti. Katie Weeman, Scientific American, "Pregnant during Pandemic: The Bump That No One Saw," 4 Feb. 2021 To ring in 2021, Ms. Scott and Mr. Gash led a group explosion of a pair of confetti cannons. New York Times, "A Well-Planned Date That Sealed the Deal and Inspired an App," 15 Jan. 2021 The Rams won Thursday night, but there were no confetti cannons lining the SoFi Stadium sidelines. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams get no rings for this win, only satisfaction," 10 Dec. 2020 There were no fireworks, lasers or confetti cannons. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Foo Fighters Warm Up For 'Medicine at Midnight' With Double Performance on 'Kimmel': Watch," 15 Jan. 2021 It’s unbearably charming, sensual, and fundamentally joyful; the 26-year-old Brit feels like a burst of confetti in a relentlessly terrible year. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Pure Joy of Harry Styles Got Me Through 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 There was a memorable centerfold: a photograph of Neumann with his arms outstretched like Jesus, amid a blizzard of confetti. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How Venture Capitalists Are Deforming Capitalism," 23 Nov. 2020 Attendees can also catch midnight fireworks and a confetti storm, plus enjoy party favors, including 2021 masks. Patrick Connolly,, "5 last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Orlando," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Confetti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce confetti (audio) \

Kids Definition of confetti

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

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