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.

    • ‘I took the flimsy song words on paper and ripped them up, till coloured confetti showered on my legs and hands.’
    • ‘Features were thrown at us like confetti at a western wedding.’
    • ‘Names were thrown about as contenders like confetti at a wedding.’
    • ‘Then again, this is a man who attracts insults like a bride attracts confetti on her wedding day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prior to being paper, confetti was originally a mix of rose petals, rice and grain.’
    • ‘These individuals threw around weedkiller and detergent like confetti.’
    • ‘Children run about flinging fistfuls of fallen blossoms over everyone like wedding confetti.’
    • ‘Everyone cheered, whistled and threw confetti as my parents walked back down the aisle, holding hands and beaming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ideally, use a shredder with a cross-cut action, as these turn paper into tiny pieces of confetti.’
    • ‘They were full of confetti to throw at the bride and groom after the ceremony.’
    • ‘One typical wedding custom is to throw confetti over the couple as they come from the church.’
    • ‘Suddenly rose petals and paper confetti came raining down on them from the ceiling.’
    • ‘Others keep confetti and other small decorative items on hand to make a table look special.’
    • ‘Throwing confetti during the wedding scene was a pure delight.’
    • ‘Each building was decorated with banners, flowers, coloured ribbons and confetti.’
    • ‘Children ran down the streets, throwing confetti and screaming at the top of their lungs, dragging toy trains and teddy bears behind them.’


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).