- The definition of cannoli is a tube-shaped Italian pastry filled with sweet cream and ricotta cheese, sometimes with candied fruit or chocolate sprinkles.
An example of a cannoli is a treat served during Carnevale in Palermo, Italy.
Three sweet Italian cannolis.Licensed from iStockPhoto
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noun pl. can·no·lis
Origin: Italian, pl. of cannolo, tube, diminutive of canna, reed, from Latin; see cane.