pepperoni or pep·er·o·ni [pep-uh-roh-nee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for pepperoni on noun

  1. a highly seasoned, hard sausage of beef and pork.

Origin of pepperoni 1920–25, Americanism; Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper plant, augmentative of pepe pepper Related Words for pepperoni bratwurst, frankfurter, banger, liverwurst, pepperoni, kielbasa, rolliche, wurst Examples from the Web for pepperoni Contemporary Examples of pepperoni

  • Roll out pizza dough, add sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes.

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  • The crust was stuffed with cheese and pepperoni, Italian sausage, and bacon.

    Pizza Hut’s Evil Genius

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    April 4, 2013

  • Elbow your way in for a seat—or take it to go—and then say pepperoni and all will be well.

    Gal With a Suitcase

    Jolie Hunt

    March 20, 2010

  • To the left was a medium-size pizza with pepperoni and hot, bubbling cheese.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for pepperoni pepperoni noun

    1. a highly seasoned dry sausage of pork and beef spiced with pepper, used esp on pizza

    Word Origin for pepperoni C20: from Italian peperoni, plural of peperone cayenne pepper Word Origin and History for pepperoni n.

    “beef and pork sausage seasoned with pepper,” 1919, American English, from Italian peperone “chilli,” from pepe (see pepper (n.)).

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