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 That inaugural digital sale, the Yuri Gagarin of ecommerce, was a large pepperoni with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut, which launched PizzaNet in 1994. Corey Mintz, Wired, 16 Nov. 2021 Toppings include mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni cups, a Hawaiian and a meat-lover’s supreme. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2021 Made of short-grain white rice cooked with white wine and pepperoni, the dish winks simultaneously at Italian risotto and Spanish paella. Caroline Lange, Bon Appétit, 27 Oct. 2021 The vegan pepperoni at Little Caesar’s is purely there for aesthetics. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 Nearly as great is the pepperoni pizza ($23.75 for 14-inch), which features loads of the slightly spicy slices scattered on top. Nick Kindelsperger,, 13 Sep. 2021 Nestlé just announced a nationwide recall on a variety of DiGiorno frozen pepperoni pizzas due to labeling issues. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 27 Sep. 2021 Nestle is recalling a whopping 14 tons of frozen DiGiorno Crispy Pan Crust pepperoni pizza due to a misbranding issue. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 Fried pepperoni could be a redundantly flaccid cylinder of goo., 13 Sep. 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Pepperoni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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