Definition of cannoli in English:

cannoli

Syllabification: can·no·li
Pronunciation: /kəˈnōlē
 
/

noun

North American
  • Italian pastries in the form of hard tubular shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and often containing nuts, citron, or chocolate bits.
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    • The Sicilians are also known for their desserts, including their gelato Siciliano (Sicilian ice cream) and cannoli, a fried pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese and candied fruit.
    • We were on our way to Film Forum for a festival of Westerns, but first we stopped into Rocco's pastry shop for some cannoli.
    • And friends of mine swear by the dense, super-sweet cannoli at Nicolosi Pastry Shop in Encino.

Origin

Italian, plural of cannolo, from canna 'reed', from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin.

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