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

Definition of pepperoni

: a highly seasoned beef and pork sausage

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The first 500 people who make it through the door at pizzeria's location on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and West Fifth Street can snag a giant slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza for $1. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Spinelli's in Tempe to offer $1 pizza slices and 75-cent beer," 31 July 2019 Available for a limited time only, the new menu item comes in plain cheese and pepperoni flavors. Shay Spence,, "Pizza Hut Just Added Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza Pockets to Its Menu," 17 Sep. 2019 Jersey Mike’s sells hot and cold subs, including the Famous Philly, Meatball and Cheese, a Cancro Special (roast beef, pepperoni and provolone) and the No. Doreen Christensen,, "Free sub at Jersey Mike’s," 13 Aug. 2019 There are five: pepperoni; three cheeses and basil; speck and scamorza with hot chili oil; stracciatella cheese and smoked trout roe; and fennel sausage, smoked ricotta and green sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look at Rosie Cannonball, opening today in Montrose," 28 Aug. 2019 One of the teens took a pepperoni stick from the counter and starting eating it, then gave a second one to his friend, police said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Washington state store clerk left to die by teen robbers after suffering heart attack, cops say," 12 Sep. 2018 Willett was furious during the 1980s and ’90s when people demonized good fat — the kind found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil — along with the bad fat in Big Macs and pepperoni pizza. Neil Swidey,, "Diet advice changes by the minute. How are we supposed to figure out what to eat?," 20 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the most memorable routine, though, involves the famous Pizza Hut swastika story, where a restaurant was accused of making a pizza with the pepperoni arranged in the shape of a Nazi symbol — but some people saw it as just a regular pizza. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Aziz Ansari Returns, Chastened — and Funnier," 10 July 2019 They are made out of bread rolls with pepperoni and sometimes cheese baked into the middle. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy sausage that is usually eaten on pizza


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

Kids Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy dry Italian sausage

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