Three sweet Italian cannolis.
An example of a cannoli is a treat served during Carnevale in Palermo, Italy.
- Italian pastry formed in tubes, deep-fried, and filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and, variously, chocolate, candied fruit, nuts, or liqueur
- pl. -·li, -·lis a piece of this pastry
Origin of cannoliIt, plural of cannolo, small tube, diminutive of canna ; from L, reed, cane
Origin of cannoliItalian, pl. of cannolo, tube, diminutive of canna, reed, from Latin; see cane.
Those with a good knowledge of the Italian language may use singular cannolo and plural cannoli, but English speakers without this experience will generally use "a cannoli"/"two cannolis".
From Italian cannoli, little tubes.