Definition of confetti in English:



mass noun
  • Small pieces of coloured paper traditionally thrown over a bride and bridegroom by their wedding guests after the marriage ceremony has taken place.

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


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).