Definition of confetti in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈfedē/ /kənˈfɛdi/

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  • Small pieces of colored paper thrown during a celebration such as a wedding.

    ‘Features were thrown at us like confetti at a western wedding.’
    • ‘Throwing confetti during the wedding scene was a pure delight.’
    • ‘Then again, this is a man who attracts insults like a bride attracts confetti on her wedding day.’
    • ‘They were full of confetti to throw at the bride and groom after the ceremony.’
    • ‘I took the flimsy song words on paper and ripped them up, till coloured confetti showered on my legs and hands.’
    • ‘Names were thrown about as contenders like confetti at a wedding.’
    • ‘Ideally, use a shredder with a cross-cut action, as these turn paper into tiny pieces of confetti.’
    • ‘One typical wedding custom is to throw confetti over the couple as they come from the church.’
    • ‘Arrange a thin layer of sequins, glitter, and confetti on the adhesive paper.’
    • ‘Only later, when she was on the expressway, would she make confetti of the lab paper and toss it out the window.’
    • ‘Each building was decorated with banners, flowers, coloured ribbons and confetti.’
    • ‘Everyone cheered, whistled and threw confetti as my parents walked back down the aisle, holding hands and beaming.’
    • ‘Children ran down the streets, throwing confetti and screaming at the top of their lungs, dragging toy trains and teddy bears behind them.’
    • ‘Prior to being paper, confetti was originally a mix of rose petals, rice and grain.’
    • ‘Children run about flinging fistfuls of fallen blossoms over everyone like wedding confetti.’
    • ‘Suddenly rose petals and paper confetti came raining down on them from the ceiling.’
    • ‘We didn't have any wedding cake or confetti but it was still the happiest moment of my life.’
    • ‘She looked at the donut box, decorated with pictures of confetti, and sighed.’
    • ‘Others keep confetti and other small decorative items on hand to make a table look special.’
    • ‘These individuals threw around weedkiller and detergent like confetti.’


Early 19th century (originally denoting the real or imitation sweets thrown during Italian carnivals): from Italian, literally ‘sweets’, from Latin confectum ‘something prepared’, neuter past participle of conficere ‘put together’ (see confect).