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Dictionary Definition

confetti n : small pieces or streamers of colored paper that are thrown around on festive occasions (as at a wedding)

User Contributed Dictionary



confetto meaning "confection"


  • (US)
    • /kʌnˈfɛti/
    • /kVn"fEti/
    Rhymes: -ɛti


  1. Small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions, especially at weddings


Small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions



  1. Plural of confetto

Extensive Definition

Confetti (the singular form is confetto) is a multitude of small pieces of paper or plastic which are usually thrown at celebrations, especially weddings (and game shows, following the end of a milestone or an occurring of a big win). Confetti is made in a variety of colors, and commercially available confetti is available in imaginative shapes. A distinction is made between confetti and glitter; glitter is smaller than confetti (pieces usually no larger than 1mm) and is universally shiny, whereas confetti is usually not shiny.
The simplest confetti is simply shredded paper, and can be made at home by hand or with paper shredders. Hole-punchers can be used to make small circles of confetti out of sheets of scrap paper. Most party supply stores carry both paper and plastic confetti.
The English word "confetti" is related to the Italian sweet of the same name. Also known as Dragée, Italian confetti are almonds with a hard sugar coating. It can be translated from Italian to mean "confit", as in Confiture. The homophony very often leaves Italians startled since by throwing their "confetti" one could easily injure those on the receiving end. The Italian word for paper confetti is coriandoli.
By tradition, the Italian confetti (sugar coated almonds) are given out at weddings, often wrapped in a small tulle bag to give as a favor to the guests. They are said to represent the hope that the new couple will have a fertile marriage.
In recent years the use of confetti as a cosmetic addition to trophy presentations at sporting events has become increasingly common. In this case, larger strips of paper (typically measuring 20mm x 60mm) in the colors appropriate to the team or celebration are used. For smaller volumes of confetti, ABS or PVC "barrels" are filled and the confetti is projected via a "cannon" (a small pressure vessel) using compressed air or carbon dioxide. For larger venues or volumes of confetti, a venturi air mover powered by carbon dioxide is used to propel significantly larger volumes of confetti greater distances.

See also

confetti in German: Konfetti
confetti in Spanish: Confeti
confetti in French: Confetti
confetti in Italian: Coriandoli
confetti in Hebrew: קונפטי
confetti in Dutch: Confetti
confetti in Japanese: 紙吹雪
confetti in Polish: Confetti
confetti in Portuguese: Confete
confetti in Kölsch: Konfetti
confetti in Finnish: Konfetti
confetti in Swedish: Konfetti

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dalmatian, antigorite, butterfly, candy cane, chameleon, cheetah, chrysotile, crazy quilt, firedog, harlequin, iris, jaguar, leopard, mackerel, mackerel sky, marble, marbled paper, moire, mother-of-pearl, nacre, ocelot, opal, ophite, patchwork quilt, peacock, rainbow, serpentine, serpentine marble, shot silk, spectrum, tortoise shell, zebra
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