from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A highly spiced pork and beef sausage.
  • n. A slice of this type of sausage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spicy Italian-American sausage.
  • n. Pizza with pepperoni on it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a hard sausage of beef and pork, highly seasoned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pork and beef sausage (or a thin slice of this sausage)


Italian peperoni, pl. of peperone, pimento, red pepper, augmentative of pepe, pepper, from Latin piper; see pepper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian peperone, bell pepper (Wiktionary)



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  • Peperoni is the plural of peperone, "pepper".

    No mozzarella on my pizza, please, I'm vegan. Just put a lot of pepperoni.

    April 2, 2009