One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Small pieces of coloured paper traditionally thrown over a bride and bridegroom by their wedding guests after the marriage ceremony has taken place.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Prior to being paper, confetti was originally a mix of rose petals, rice and grain.’
- ‘Suddenly rose petals and paper confetti came raining down on them from the ceiling.’
- ‘One typical wedding custom is to throw confetti over the couple as they come from the church.’
- ‘Everyone cheered, whistled and threw confetti as my parents walked back down the aisle, holding hands and beaming.’
- ‘Features were thrown at us like confetti at a western wedding.’
- ‘These individuals threw around weedkiller and detergent like confetti.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Children ran down the streets, throwing confetti and screaming at the top of their lungs, dragging toy trains and teddy bears behind them.’
- ‘Then again, this is a man who attracts insults like a bride attracts confetti on her wedding day.’
- ‘Each building was decorated with banners, flowers, coloured ribbons and confetti.’
- ‘Throwing confetti during the wedding scene was a pure delight.’
- ‘She looked at the donut box, decorated with pictures of confetti, and sighed.’
- ‘We didn't have any wedding cake or confetti but it was still the happiest moment of my life.’
- ‘Only later, when she was on the expressway, would she make confetti of the lab paper and toss it out the window.’
- ‘Others keep confetti and other small decorative items on hand to make a table look special.’
- ‘Ideally, use a shredder with a cross-cut action, as these turn paper into tiny pieces of 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).
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