Definition of confetti in English:



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

    • ‘Arrange a thin layer of sequins, glitter, and confetti on the adhesive paper.’
    • ‘One typical wedding custom is to throw confetti over the couple as they come from the church.’
    • ‘Children run about flinging fistfuls of fallen blossoms over everyone like wedding confetti.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Features were thrown at us like confetti at a western wedding.’
    • ‘Names were thrown about as contenders like confetti at a wedding.’
    • ‘Prior to being paper, confetti was originally a mix of rose petals, rice and grain.’
    • ‘We didn't have any wedding cake or confetti but it was still the happiest moment of my life.’
    • ‘Throwing confetti during the wedding scene was a pure delight.’
    • ‘She looked at the donut box, decorated with pictures of confetti, and sighed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly rose petals and paper confetti came raining down on them from the ceiling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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).