- 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.
cannoli definition by Webster's New World
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Italian pastry formed in tubes, deep-fried, and filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and, variously, chocolate, candied fruit, nuts, or liqueur
cannoli definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. can·no·lis
A fried pastry roll with a sweet creamy filling.
Origin: Italian, pl. of cannolo, tube, diminutive of canna, reed, from Latin; see cane.