- small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
- an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.
Origin of macaroni
Examples from the Web for maccaroni
While the maccaroni is boiling, take care that it does not get into lumps.
Allow half a pound of butter to a pound of maccaroni and half a pound of cheese.
Put your maccaroni into the sauce, and just stir it together.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Lambert laughed in the act of lifting some maccaroni to his mouth.The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Our present ephemeral dandy is akin to the maccaroni of my earlier days.The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
- a variant spelling of macaroni
- pasta tubes made from wheat flour
- (in 18th-century Britain) a dandy who affected foreign manners and style
Word Origin and History for maccaroni
"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.