"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[kuh n-fet-ee for 1; Italian kawn-fet-tee for 2] /kənˈfɛt i for 1; Italian kɔnˈfɛt ti for 2/
plural noun, singular confetto
[kuh n-fet-oh; Italian kawn-fet-taw] /kənˈfɛt oʊ; Italian kɔnˈfɛt tɔ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
(used with a singular verb) small bits of paper, usually colored, thrown or dropped from a height to enhance the gaiety of a festive event, as a parade, wedding, or New Year's Eve party.
confections; bonbons.
Origin of confetti
1805-15; < Italian, plural of confetto comfit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for confetti
  • To human eyes, the night sky is a confetti of stars.
  • In places, the mountain switchbacks are smooth and fine, and autumnal larches confetti our progress with golden needles.
  • The machine-shredded stuff is confetti, largely unrecoverable.
  • Mounds of confetti and ticker-tape in the streets bear a spooky resemblance to the debris of the attacks ten years later.
  • The champagne's been guzzled, the confetti swept, and the golden statuettes taken home to adorn the winners' mantelpieces.
  • When the chauffeur opened the door for us to get out, a hot gust of wind blew multicolored wedding confetti into the car.
  • Sure, some of my tapes unspooled into magnetic confetti.
  • Bursts of custom-mixed colors light up the night sky as confetti descends on partygoers.
  • The purses' flaps contain two bright colored liquids, glitter and decorative foil confetti.
  • confetti or crosscut shreds cannot be recycled, as they have no useful fibers for recycling.
British Dictionary definitions for confetti


small pieces of coloured paper thrown on festive occasions, esp at the bride and groom at weddings
Word Origin
C19: from Italian, plural of confetto, originally, a bonbon; see comfit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for confetti

1815, from Italian plural of confetto "sweetmeat," via Old French, from Latin confectum, confectus (see confection). A small candy traditionally thrown during carnivals in Italy, custom adopted in England for weddings and other occasions, with symbolic tossing of paper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for confetti


Related Terms

irish confetti

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for confetti

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for confetti

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with confetti