confetti

[kuhn-fet-ee for 1; Italian kawn-fet-tee for 2]
plural noun, singular confetto [kuhn-fet-oh; Italian kawn-fet-taw] , for 2.
1.
(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.
2.
confections; bonbons.

Origin:
1805–15; < Italian, plural of confetto comfit

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confetti (kənˈfɛtɪ)
 
n
small pieces of coloured paper thrown on festive occasions, esp at the bride and groom at weddings
 
[C19: from Italian, plural of confetto, originally, a bonbon; see comfit]

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confetti
1815, from It. pl. of confetto "sweetmeat," from L. confectum, pp. of 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.
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Example sentences
To human eyes, the night sky is a confetti of stars.
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.
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