pep·per·o·ni | \ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē \

Definition of pepperoni 

: a highly seasoned beef and pork sausage

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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 Another One Bites the Crust is a mac-sagna, featuring pepperoni, homemade marinara and mozzarella. Jennie Key,, "West Side nirvana: Mac and cheese and craft beer are coming," 16 Apr. 2018 The other day, the kids were eating turkey with ham and pepperoni flavors, low-fat chocolate milk, potato salad, and apple slices. Alfred Lubrano,, "Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch," 20 June 2018 The push to sell pepperoni and beer may give Pizza Hut a leg up on digital leader Domino's Pizza as well as Papa John's, which is facing negative publicity over its founder and former chairman's recent racist comments. Leslie Patton,, "Pizza Hut expands beer delivery," 13 July 2018 The reading recommendation is Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, and the eating recommendation is pepperoni and mushroom at Caddyshack. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 That usually means a burger and fries or another pizza—probably pepperoni. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "What Karl Meltzer Eats Before an Ultra," 5 July 2018 Hidden inside these tame-looking burgers is a smoky and spicy blend of bacon, chipotle, cheese and something unexpected – pepperoni. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "Spicy, smoky, cheesy, melty burgers — on the inside," 19 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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