pep·​per·​o·​ni | \ ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē How to pronounce pepperoni (audio) \

Definition of pepperoni

: a highly seasoned beef and pork sausage

Examples of pepperoni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By sheer number of ingredients, the Deco Supreme pizza at least achieved some mass with pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onion, green peppers and mushrooms. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: The pies at Deco Pizzeria pizza restaurant rate a once was enough," 20 Nov. 2020 The garlic-forward extravaganza of meatballs, pepperoni, sausage and ricotta. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Pizza takeover! 12 new (or newish) pies and slices to try in the Twin Cities," 13 Nov. 2020 The Godfather with pepperoni, sausage, onions and oregano. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This popular metro Phoenix chain is debuting a new pizza restaurant. Here's what to expect," 29 Oct. 2020 Parlour: This restaurant is offering a 10-inch Big Four Meat pizza with red sauce, pepperoni, sausage, bacon and ham. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Pizza Week returns. Here's your guide to enjoying $9 pizza," 9 Nov. 2020 That’s not the case here with a pizza that showcases a generous application of lean Canadian bacon, served crispy around the edges, plus heavier beef meatball slivers, pepperoni slices and Italian sausage. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Cosa Nostra Pizzeria restaurant makes a meat lover’s pizza you can’t refuse," 30 Oct. 2020 As far as whole pies go, there's the standard cheese and pepperoni, but there are also a number of specialty pies such as meat lovers, Hawaiian and Philly cheesesteak pizza. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Craving New York-style pizza? Try this drive-thru restaurant inside a Mesa gas station," 29 Oct. 2020 Try the meat pie topped with sausage, bacon and small pepperoni crisped at the edges along with sweet mozzarella and grana padano. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Hungry? Here are Arizona's best hidden gem restaurants outside of Phoenix," 21 Oct. 2020 Ivanhoe Park Brewing features Flippers regularly, in smaller servings, cheese and pepperoni only. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Perfect pairing? Beer & Pizza," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pepperoni

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pepperoni

Italian peperoni cayenne peppers, plural of peperone, augmentative of pepe pepper, from Latin piper — more at pepper

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The first known use of pepperoni was in 1888

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24 Nov 2020

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“Pepperoni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy sausage that is usually eaten on pizza


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Kids Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy dry Italian sausage

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