con·​fet·​ti kən-ˈfe-tē How to pronounce confetti (audio)
: 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 The couple announced the exciting news on Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a video of Viall popping a black balloon that released pink confetti and pink balloons throughout the room. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 The performance of the 2017 smash — which is also being released as a single — is accentuated with thundering drums, a roaring crowd, and multiple blasts from a confetti cannon. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2023 Certainly, watching Sofi (Christina Kirk) try to plow through Eliot is no confetti cannon. Jesse Green, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 The toddlers look at the confetti and smile at their dad in the sweet exchange. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 There won’t be confetti or a car with cans tied to the back, or people in those big hats with the netting. Daisy Jones, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2023 The festival’s opening street party included a confetti cannon. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 Having Pebble’s confetti descend on and around their car is the dream of every collector, but most would be content to just have their wheels on the legendary lawn. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 21 Aug. 2023 Nina adored my strawberry-vanilla ice cream cake—in fact, the confetti cake layers were her favorite part. Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of confetti was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Confetti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​fet·​ti kən-ˈfet-ē How to pronounce confetti (audio)
: small bits of brightly colored paper made for throwing (as at weddings)

from Italian confetti, plural of confetto "a little candy or bonbon"; so named because the paper bits were originally imitations of the candies thrown at festivals

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