Definition of cannoli in English:

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cannoli

Pronunciation: /kəˈnōlē/

plural 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: can·no·li

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