Definition of confetti in US English:

confetti

noun

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

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

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

confetti

/kənˈfɛdi//kənˈfedē/