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.