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maccaroni

[mak-uh-roh-nee]
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noun, plural mac·ca·ro·nis, mac·ca·ro·nies.
  1. macaroni.

macaroni

or mac·ca·ro·ni

[mak-uh-roh-nee]
noun, plural mac·a·ro·nis, mac·a·ro·nies for 2.
  1. small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
  2. an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.

Origin of macaroni

1590–1600; earlier maccaroni < dialectal Italian, plural of maccarone (Italian maccherone). See macaroon
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British Dictionary definitions for maccaroni

maccaroni

noun plural -nis or -nies
  1. a variant spelling of macaroni

macaroni

maccaroni

noun plural -nis or -nies
  1. pasta tubes made from wheat flour
  2. (in 18th-century Britain) a dandy who affected foreign manners and style

Word Origin

C16: from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) maccarone, probably from Greek makaria food made from barley
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Word Origin and History for maccaroni

macaroni

n.

"tube-shaped food made of dried wheaten paste" [Klein], 1590s, from southern Italian dialectal maccaroni (Italian maccheroni), plural of maccarone, name for a kind of pasty food, possibly from maccare "bruise, batter, crush," of unknown origin, or from late Greek makaria "food made from barley."

Used after c.1764 to mean "fop, dandy" (e.g. "Yankee Doodle") because it was an exotic dish at a time when certain young men who had traveled the continent were affecting French and Italian fashions and accents. There is said to have been a Macaroni Club in Britain, which was the immediate source of the term.

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