Origin of panettoneItalian from panetto, diminutive of pane, bread from Classical Latin panis: see food
nounpl. pan·et·to·nes, or pan·et·to·ni
A festive Italian yeast cake flavored with candied fruit peels and raisins.
Origin of panettoneItalian augmentative of panetto a small loaf diminutive of pane bread from Latin pānis ; see panada .
- Christmas cakes run the gamut from plain cakes decorated with red and green icing to fruitcake, Italian Panettone, and King Cake, which is served on the Epiphany to celebrate the arrival of the kings to the manger.
- Filled with sweet dried fruit, Panettone adds flavor to any celebration.