- 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.
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.