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[mak-uh-roon] /ˌmæk əˈrun/
a drop cookie made of egg whites, sugar, usually almond paste or coconut, and sometimes a little flour.
Origin of macaroon
dialectal Italian
1605-15; < Middle French macaron < dialectal Italian maccarone cake or biscuit made of ground almonds; see macaroni
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macaron, macaroon. Unabridged
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a kind of sweet biscuit made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites
Word Origin
C17: via French macaron from Italian maccaronemacaroni
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Word Origin and History for macaroon

1610s, "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds," from French macaron (16c.), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni). French meaning said to have been invented 1552 by Rabelais. The -oon ending was conventional in 15c.-17c. English to add emphasis to borrowings of French nouns ending in stressed -on.

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