pep·​per·​o·​ni | \ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē \

Definition of pepperoni 

: a highly seasoned beef and pork sausage

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Choices include pepperoni, bacon, beef, Italian sausage, ham, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Little Caesars' Extra Most Bestest pizzas now offer a choice of toppings," 29 May 2018 The George Bush pizza has artichoke hearts, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and black olives. Madeleine Rivera | Fox News, Fox News, "Barbara Bush was a regular at Houston pizzeria that named a pie after her," 19 Apr. 2018 There's always cheese, usually pepperoni, and a specialty-topping such as the bootlegger, with spinach, mushroom and pesto. Polly Campbell,, "New and Noted: A roundup of recent restaurant news," 17 Apr. 2018 Her ability to attract birds and penchant for feeding her winged pals helped make her one-acre plot a visual paradise, made more enjoyable because of her always-full liquor cabinet and cheese-and-pepperoni stocked fridge., "Jane C. Powers," 12 Apr. 2018 Sandwich-style pepperoni slices become cups with ease. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Have a date with Netflix? Easy, healthy finger food recipes to get you through binge-worthy shows," 11 Apr. 2018 The carryout cheese and/or pepperoni so called Hot and Readys are just $5. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Here's how to make the most of National Pizza Pie Day | Miami Herald," 9 Feb. 2018 Stir together mozzarella, pepperoni, Parmesan, basil, parsley, and oregano in a large bowl. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread," 20 June 2018 Top with spinach, stewed tomatoes, Parm, chopped turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl: Satisfy Your Pizza Craving with This Cheesy High-Fiber Wrap," 4 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy sausage that is usually eaten on pizza


pep·​per·​o·​ni | \ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē \

Kids Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy dry Italian sausage

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