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 The Pepperoni is made with pork, chicken, and beef, the Four Cheese uses mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, and romano, and the Three Meat features sausage, pepperoni, and beef. Morgan Raum,, "DiGiorno Is Launching a New Line of Pizzas with a Croissant Crust," 16 Apr. 2020 Customers also can get a lineup of calzones, salads, pepperoni rolls and garlic bread. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Ranch and jalapeño zip up a meatlovers pie to full-on great at Stout’s Pizza Co. restaurant," 20 Mar. 2020 Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99). Susan Bryant,, "Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach," 21 Nov. 2019 In honor of the 49ers, TonyG has introduced a new meat-lover’s creation, Tony’s Tailgate, with meatballs, pepperoni, salami, bacon, ricotta, mozzarella and green onions. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "49ers fans: Your awesome new food choices at Levi’s Stadium," 20 Sep. 2019 West Virginia The calzone-esque pepperoni roll originated as a meal for West Virginian coal miners. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 Lampkin: Our biggest sellers are the Bonnie & Clyde special and the pepperoni and sausage. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "'Glad when this is over': 3 Dixie Highway restaurants talk business sales during COVID-19," 21 Apr. 2020 Dinner is a large pepperoni pie served on a red-and-white checked tablecloth at Addeo's, a neighborhood pizza joint. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "4 Perfect Days in New York, According to Our Editors," 14 Apr. 2020 Everyone loves pizza, and there’s certainly no shame in whipping up a homemade pepperoni pie for Easter. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Cook a Small (But Still Delicious) Easter Dinner This Year," 9 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Pepperoni.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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