Definition of cannoli in English:


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plural noun

North American
  • Italian pastries in the form of hard tubular shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and often containing nuts, citron, or chocolate bits.

    ‘The Sicilians are also known for their desserts, including their gelato Siciliano (Sicilian ice cream) and cannoli, a fried pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese and candied fruit.’
    • ‘We were on our way to Film Forum for a festival of Westerns, but first we stopped into Rocco's pastry shop for some cannoli.’
    • ‘And friends of mine swear by the dense, super-sweet cannoli at Nicolosi Pastry Shop in Encino.’
    • ‘Then we walked uptown to the EV, and then had some cannoli and coffee, followed by a trip to St. Mark's Books.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that the portions are hearty enough for an athlete, so make sure to leave some space for dessert at the end of the meal - possibly the best cannoli I've ever had.’



/kəˈnōlē/ /kəˈnoʊli/


Italian, from canna ‘reed’.